Noted Here and There ...
Adbusters magazine embarrasses itself by identifying the Jews. It is, at the least, in bad taste. Among others, Michael Totten, Tim Blair, Oxblog and the Volokhs are calling them out on it. Does it deserve contempt, disdain, or mockery? How about this?
These persons are suspected of conspiring on history's behalf. We have identified the male historians among them. The others are suspect of being fellow travelers.I found Adbusters' pigeonholing annoying, in part, because I belong to the same denomination and ethnicity as both Bush and Cheney. They might also find that coincidence annoying.
*Ralph E. Luker
*Wilson J. Moses
*Thomas G. Palaima
This has been a public service announcement by the AdCouncil.
If you thought Clayton Cramer doesn't love his guns, you haven't seen his mailbox. From such places, dispassionate scholarship is fired off to [ed: perhaps I should say"at"] publishers.
comments powered by Disqus
Jonathan Dresner - 2/25/2004
Here's the response which I posted on the AdBuster's discussion page:
"I'm very disappointed. I'm used to AdBusters being a source of incisive connection-forming, discourse analysis that reveals hidden structures. Mostly, I'm used to finding that AdBuster analysis is at least as good as my own and usually significantly better. Not this time.
"Jews have an interest in Israel, and tend to support it more than average even when, like myself, they are critical of its policies and leadership. That's a connection that is easy to explain and not going to go away anytime soon. Israel is in a strategic location and is the target of a great deal of negative attention by its near neighbors. That's also easy and continuing. The question, which would have made this whole discussion more interesting is: why does the US continue to support Israel and consistently fail to make progress towards peace? Is the situation really that intractable that a hyperpower which is a major customer and patron of every state in the region can't solve it? No.
"The Neocons, wittingly or no, are perpetuating the use of Israel by the US as a (de)stabilizing distraction. Without Israel to build Arab unity-through-opposition, religious tensions and post-colonial monarchical and ethnic divisions would probably have erupted in drastic and traumatic cataclysms. But Israel also provides a powerful pacifying service for the US as well, clarifying the relative power of Arab states: when their oil can't even buy enough hardware to seriously threaten Israel, then surely Israel's patron must be kowtowed to.
"The Neocons are NOT friends to Israel specifically or to the Jews generally. They are using Israel to maintain the Middle East as a metastable periphery.
"That's the kind of analysis I expected from AdBusters."
- A New Target for Old Spies: Congress
- Antigua and Barbuda Asks Harvard University for Slavery Reparations
- Historian: Nixon DID contest the 1960 election
- Killer took selfie after stabbing historian over rare ‘Wind in the Willows’ book
- VW fires corporate historian who drew attention to wartime ties to Nazis
- British historian Sheila Lecoeur is on trial for defamation
- Jim Downs laments that Americans still aren’t being taught LGBT history
- Historian Jeremy Kuzmarov calls on Obama to pardon Ethel Rosenberg
- Garry Wills says there’s one human test we can use to decide who’s the better candidate: Trump or Clinton
- Get to Know the Semifinalists for the National Book Award