Leftists Who Get It

A PROGRESSIVE RESPONDS TO A NEO-PROG CONCERNING ISRAEL AND ITS POLICIES…….

Regardless of your political leanings, your opinions on the issues surrounding Israel, the settlements in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, and Israel’s use of justified force in defending its citizens from the continuous onslaught of the Islamonazis, you should read this article. KGS

Response to a neo-prog: Let’s talk about the (herd of) elephants in the room

Richard Landes: “neo-prog is the product of the profound shock that struck us all with 9-11. In the confrontation with an almost unimaginably savage hatred, Americans responded along a sharp fault-line. Some said, “What’s wrong with them that they hate us so?” and others said, “What did we do to them, that they hate us so?” Obviously both questions deserve consideration. But somehow, those who asked the first question at all got labeled neo-cons (Islamophobes, racists) by people who primarily or only asked the second question. These people I think it would help to identify as neo-progs, neo-progressives.

At the same time as neo-progs insist that there is no “us” and “them,” they have a much higher level of sensitivity to and intolerance for failings they find in “our” camp, and an astonishingly broad tolerance for morally reprehensible behavior on the other side. Neo-progs have the Human Rights Complex: if Westerners can be blamed for some infraction of human rights (a fortiori the Jews, now the whitest of the whites), neo-progs wax indignant; if subaltern “others” (“people of color”) are to blame, they look the other way.”

Read it all.


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