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(Spinoza Says) Enlightenment Now (Shut the Synagogues) (Coronavirus)

[[Dutch Portuguese Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo arguing for the lifting of the ban on Baruch Spinoza, December 6, 2015. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)]] About Enlightenment, post-secularism, and anti-liberal twaddle. Watching in real time and with some pleasure as the unfolding relationship between … Continue reading

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The Unsearchable Human Heart Of Government (Shabbat 11a)

In line with the Book of Proverbs and the vast scope of responsibility, the rabbis about government and the political heart were Weberian in their practical realism and bleak view of things. Michael Satlow posted on FB this beautiful gemara, … Continue reading

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(The Social Good) Principles of Rabbinic Political Theory

In the middle of an election year, I’m trying to sketch out a “Jewish political theory” based on rabbinic sources. It is neither radical-messianic-revolutionary (i.e. committed to radical ends, the radical end of things) nor liberal (i.e. predicated on the … Continue reading

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(Joe & Bernie) Kissing Babies & Bad Political Theory

The election is still competitive, but let’s climb off the ledge and re-think a lot of bad political theory to which university professors and graduate students are especially prone. Democratic electoral politics is the art of kissing babies, not throwing … Continue reading

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State Power & Holocaust Memory (75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation)

In reference to the large gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem at “World Holocaust Forum 2020” to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. These are pictures of pure power, state power, international state power brought to bear … Continue reading

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Why Bernie Sanders Can’t Get the Old Jewish Communist Vote OR The Logic of Failed Revolutionaires

One line of argument goes that Bernie Sanders can’t get the Jewish community because he’s “not Jewish enough” or because he supports Palestinian rights (along with liberal-left Zionism). Really the problem for many Jews is that Sanders is too Jewish … Continue reading

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Affective Partisanship & Ideological Partisanship (Theories of Religion Redux)

[h/t Joshua Garoon] This op-ed by Thomas Edsall here in the NYT about the relationship between group partisanship and ideology on the other hand, which driving which, reminds me of arguments in theories of religion going back to Marx-Durkheim and Weber; … Continue reading

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