Lives (and Other Things) that Do and Do Not Matter: The Donald Trump Edition

I have been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and the lives and other things that may or may not matter to him. After much deliberation, I think I have divined a certain set of criteria with which we may determine which lives and things do and do not matter. First of all, according to …

More on the Charlie Hebdo Murders

Let's run through a list of news updates . . . 1. Al Jazeera is not a real news organization: As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail. “Please accept this note in the spirit …

Yes Virginia, You Can Be Both a Liberal and a Zionist

David Bernstein explains. And the following is worth highlighting:. . . the only feasible alternatives to Zionism are themselves illiberal–have a majority Arab state in which Jews are, at best, a suppressed minority, or force all six million Jews living in Israel to flee to whatever countries (if any) will accept them, or some combination of …

On Dilemmas Associated with Judaism that Are Not Actually Dilemmas At All

Not knowing who Rabbi Andy Bachman is, I certainly cannot give him any kind of career advice, but as a Jew, it troubles me that a rabbi believes that he needs to leave the pulpit in order to do more good in the world. It also troubles me that a rabbi believes that his work …

John Mearsheimer Is Sober, Level-Headed, Clear-Thinking, and Analytical . . . Except When He Isn’t

I recommend to everyone this piece on the present and expected future interplay between China, Taiwan and the United States written by my former college and graduate school professor, John Mearsheimer. It is exceedingly well-written, very hard-headed, and reveals that Mearsheimer has done his homework when it comes to the history of China and Taiwan. It …

Nuclear Hypocrisy

Via Tyler Cowen, we have this piece from my onetime college and graduate school professor, John Mearsheimer, which was written in 1993 and which argued that Ukraine should have kept its nuclear deterrent. Current events make Mearsheimer's piece look very prescient indeed, as Professor Cowen says. Of course, being the nettlesome fellow that I am, I …

The Self-Hating Shanda

Let's put the following out on the table: I am a proud Iranian-American Jew. I certainly don't hold being Iranian-American and/or Jewish over being other things (a good neighbor, a good friend, a good family member, a good citizen, a good person who always seeks to learn from and seeks to respect those whose backgrounds …

Of Kristallnacht and Modern Day Anti-Semitism

Kristallnacht occurred between November 9-10, 1938, so simple math tells us that we are commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. I'd like to think that we are light years away from anti-Semitism being worth mentioning, but silly claims like "anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West" notwithstanding, there remain reasons to be concerned about how Jews are treated …