Tag Archives: Progressive-Left

Linda Sarsour, Progressive-Left Ideals, and Diaspora Jewry.

Two of the most significant political questions facing the West today are those of immigration policy and identity politics. Women’s March organizer, Linda Sarsour, stands at the crux of both and has successfully put pro-Israel diaspora Jewry between the horns of a political dilemma. Sarsour just raised considerable funds for the …

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As Sharia as Apple Pie.

Future historians may find the recent “Women’s March” interesting for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that it nicely illustrates the tensions between the ideals of multiculturalism and universal human rights within contemporary western-left ideology. Whatever else the march may have accomplished, however, it definitely propelled Linda Sarsour into …

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Jews and our “Special” Obligation.

A recent opinion piece for the Washington Post by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community, and Daniel Sokatch of the allegedly pro-Israel New Israel Fund, is entitled, “Why Jews have a special obligation to resist Trump.” Jacobs and Sokatch claim that: …

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Conquest of the Deplorable Cheese Doodle.

As I write these lines, anti-Trumpers are protesting and, in some cases, rioting, throughout America’s largest cities. In Chicago two young black men beat the holy hell out of a 50-year old white guy because he allegedly voted for Trump. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is in big trouble and many …

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Israel, Multiculturalism and the Decline of Universal Human Rights.

The great unspoken tension within the progressive-left, today, is the ongoing ideological conflict between the dominant multicultural ideal and the declining ideal of universal human rights. Given the racialized nature of World War II it is not the least bit surprising that American liberalism shifted from a primary concern with …

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Mortem – Death.

I was going to name this piece “The Death of American Politics” but American politics has been dying since it was born. That is, American politics has been so partisan and so toxic for so long that it has become virtually impossible to separate fair assessments of truth from media-driven propagandistic …

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The Moral Bankruptcy of the Progressive-Left

The progressive movement’s main claim to political legitimacy is a moral claim. The movement claims to stand for social justice and equality of rights throughout the world. Any legitimacy the left has as a political movement is grounded in the notion of universal human rights. But if the left has …

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A few thoughts for the pro-Israel Left.

Anyone who reads my material knows that I often use the popular American pro-Democratic Party blog, Daily Kos, as one guide, among others, to progressive-left thinking.  Over years of observing prominent left-leaning venues I came to a conclusion that seems to irritate them. My conclusion was not, as it is …

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Progressive-Left Jews and the European Union

The progressive-left is in denial and no part of the progressive-left is more in denial than the western Jewish left. My central thesis at Israel Thrives is the following: The progressive movement, and the activist base of the Democratic Party, creates and supports venues that demonize and defame the Jewish state, thereby …

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Why I Am Not A Zionist.

In the discussion around the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict there are, depending on one’s perspective, good people and bad people.  If one is an anti-Semitic anti-Zionist the bad people are called “Zionists.”  These Zionists are thought to be an unusually horrid breed of people who hold nefarious intent toward Arabs and …

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Acknowledging the Obvious: My Elder of Ziyon Weekly Column

The Elder was kind enough to publish my latest Sunday column entitled, simply, Betrayal. Here is a snippet: The progressive-left, and the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic Party, has betrayed its Jewish constituency through its acceptance of anti-Semitic anti-Zionism, and the BDS movement, as part of its larger coalition. This …

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