Thomas Edsall has written an insightful post that brings together a lot of academic thinking on postmodernism, post-truth, tribalism within the context of political behavior and Trump.
Authoritarianism is ascendant and with it anti-rational bigotry. History does not end. It eddies.
The first few paragraphs of this article relate to Saul Bellow’s teaching at Boston University. I find it interesting about his teaching approach, especially the “Humanity bath.” Click the link below.
This link to Roger Cohen’s op-ed piece in The New York Times describes his interpretation of why we need a more intense approach to ISIS. Freedom is a burden, but happiness stems from having the courage to fight for it, defend it, and struggle with personal choice and the continuing daily dilemmas of society. He brings up an interesting point that the free world must leave behind over-consumption. This point needs expansion. Nonetheless, it is true. Click on the full link below to read his op-ed piece.
“Freedom is not for everyone. The road to Raqqa is in many ways the road from freedom’s burden — from personal choice and its dilemmas to submission to an all-encompassing Islamist ideology. If the free world and potential allies from the region are to fight this magnetism, they must rouse themselves from liberty’s consumerist drug.”
The central question looming over the coming year is whether or not the Islamic State is an existential threat to Western societies.
Last week, Israeli Consul General in Munich Dan Shaham implored Dieter Reiter, the mayor of Munich, Germany, to rescind the official approval for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement to use a taxpayer-funded city building for an anti-Israel boycott under the smokescreen of a “cultural program.” Mayor Reiter refused. Charlotte Knobloch, the Holocaust survivor who leads the Munich Jewish community, has warned that: “The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement disguises the socially unacceptable ‘Don’t buy from Jews!’ as a […]