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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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(Idea & History) Hermann Cohen After Marx

[Max Lieberman, Women Plucking Geese (1871)] In the introduction to the Religion of Reason, Hermann Cohen claims that the unity and uniqueness of the idea of God “elevates belief to a speculative height that by comparison all other problems become … Continue reading

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Bad Faith & Concentration Camps

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has done important work in calling attention to the political and moral atrocity at the U.S. border. En masse, people are stripped of their legal right of asylum and where children are ripped from their parents and people … Continue reading

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(Israel) Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (Political Spectacle)

Here’s one arm, there’s the other arm of a dominant political beast. It’s like a bomb suddenly went off, shredding the political body of the Jewish right in Israel, an explosion that gives the lie to the notion that there are … Continue reading

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The State of Israel and Religion & State

An unmanageable quid pro quo, religion serving state and the state serving religion does not a pretty picture make.

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There Is No Friend/Enemy Distinction in Israel & Palestine (May 2019)

Until proven otherwise, after the latest round of bloodletting after the latest round of bloodletting right before the elections in Israel, it is more than clear that there is no friend/enemy distinction in Israel and Palestine. The friend/enemy distinction is … Continue reading

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(Bund) Hagodeh Shel Peysekh With A Socialist Nusekh (1900/19)

‘There’s a lot of nostalgia going on at the anti-Zionist Jewish left for the heyday of Jewish socialism in East Europe. I wish I could read Yiddish or would love to see a complete translation of this Hogedeh with a … Continue reading

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