Monthly Archives: October 2018

On Keeping the Hyphen in Anti-Semitism (In Conversation with Emily Filler)

Arguments out there by academic colleagues and also by leftwing (anti-Zionist) activists say that “we” should take the hyphen out of Anti-Semitism. My colleague Emily Filler wrote in response to a query that “people have argued that removing the hyphen … Continue reading

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(Not A) Melting Pot (Trump)

Ideas and ideology have a way of rolling on and off from one position point to another. This claim by a Trumper in the Midwest, quoted here in the NYT, is incredibly amazing:  “Asked who was to blame for the country’s … Continue reading

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Trump Campaign (This Recent Iteration of White Nationalism & Anti-Semitism Began With Him At Twitter)

At home and coursing across the internet of things (that network of devices and other forms of connective hardware), it is easy to trace back this current iteration of white nationalism and what seems like an almost sudden appearance into … Continue reading

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Nationalism is like Religion: Discuss

Originally posted on affecognitive:
After some throat-clearing Benedict Anderson opens his oft-cited Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism with the assertion that “nation-ness, as well as nationalism, are cultural artefacts of a particular kind.” (4) We might expect,…

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(Trump) This Is Not A Pipe Bomb (Homage to René Magritte)

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President Trump Is A Pipe Bomb

“By the way, do you see how nice I’m behaving?” Trump said. “We’re all behaving very well. And hopefully we can keep it that way.” (from the WaPo) “The FBI has not yet released any information about who is behind … Continue reading

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Migrant Caravan (Christian Faith & Exodus)

Did the writer of this article which you can read here in the New York Times intentionally write this story about the caravan of migrants working en route to America to read like a religious event, or is it simply … Continue reading

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Bacchae in Brooklyn

The review at the NYT of the production of The Bacchae was predictably cute. The production played as part of the Next Wave Festival in a new translation from Aaron Poochigian. Maybe we’re supposed to like Dionysius, especially this one … Continue reading

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Design Politics of Racism in Israel (2018)

There is the racist content and the fascist friend/enemy crouch. There is evidence as to the way that religion, in this case, the religion of Judaism and the fear of Islam, is used to manipulate the political discourse in Israel, … Continue reading

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(Not a Symbol) Bright Menorah Fresco in Dark Place (Catacomb Vill Torloni)

Apart from providing some historical background information, the best thing about this article in Haaretz which you can read here about the restoration work on the Jewish catacomb  in Villa Torloni concerns the conflict and compromise between the religion and … Continue reading

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