Sunday, September 13, 2009

Why Are Jews Liberal?

Ha! Did you really think MC was going to answer that question? The question is the title of the new book from Norman Podhoretz, pictured above. That book was reviewed by the esteemed Leon Wieseltier in today's New York Times Book Review.

Almost always long-winded despite (or perhaps because of) his intelligence, it takes Wieseltier some time to engage Podhoretz on the merits. Click on the title of this post to read the review. MC, not surprisingly, thinks the reviewer misses the mark most of the time and is oblivious to the fact that his most strident critiques could be better applied to himself. But that's liberals for you, right?

We note that Wieseltier ends on the question "of whether liberalism or conservatism does more for the helpless and the downtrodden, for the ones who are not like us, [and that it] will be endlessly debated."

Leon, the data are in and the question is no longer in doubt. To suggest otherwise exhibits a certain form of non-theological invincible ignorance.