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A Culture of Pride

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Culture Wars

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Culture WarsThere are several ways to approach today’s problems of campus unrest. The first is to treat them not as a challenge to the current moral order, but rather as a “moral panic” that will eventually burn itself out. That phrase, used a couple of […]

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What can BDS Teach Us About the Culture Wars?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Culture Wars

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Culture WarsMany who criticize outrageous forms of behavior on college campuses, from “micro-aggression” to “safe spaces,” warn (either out of fear or glee) that once students who have been sheltered from challenging ideas and conflict enter the “real world,” they will quickly discover what it’s […]

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Reward and repetition are two of the best ways to ensure certain types of behaviors continue.   And if such motivations are in place long enough, behavior becomes permanent as rewards harden into entitlements and repetition becomes habit. We’re seeing something like this play out in the latest iteration of what Ruth Wisse urges us to […]

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Beyond Chutzpah

Last week, many of the organizations behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” decided to take time away from shouting pro-Israel speakers off various stages, bringing their political opponents up on charges within student government, and trying to get Israelis (although just the Jewish ones) banned from participation in scholarly discourse through academic boycotts to […]

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Betrayal – Bassem Tamimi in Ithaca

Just when you think Team BDS can’t behave more appallingly, they somehow manage to find a way to scrape beneath the barrel. Years ago, the fellow named Ron Francis – the guy behind three years of divestment campaigning in Somerville, MA – decided to make up for his failure to drag the Arab-Israeli conflict into […]

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BDS Overreach

Commentary Magazine recently ran a piece about the bad month just experienced by the forces of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. My regular reader will be familiar with the three stories cited as examples of the BDSers shooting themselves in one-another’s feet: their Matisyahu/Sunsplash fiasco, the immediate rescinding of a boycott motion in the capital of […]

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Well August vacations coupled with the fact that kid #2’s Bar Mitzvah is just five days away has kept posting a little light this month.  But an interruption that’s been unfolding over the last week or so has shed light on one of the most valuable assets many of those involved with fighting against anti-Israel […]

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And we’re back!

Sorry about the weekend downtime, but I’ve been wanting to do a site revamp for a while and was finally inspired to do so by a reader/web designer who alerted me to how much I was losing by not having a responsive design (i.e., one optimized for reading on tablets and phones). It’s still a work […]

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BDS @ 10

Quick FYI: this site might go dark for a few days sometime in the next week or so as I attempt to do some updates.  So don’t panic if you see a (temporary) maintenance screen the next time you stop by.  A few people have asked about the whole 10-year-anniversary meme the Boycott, Divestment and […]

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Narratives – Theirs and Ours

A commenter on my last post regarding narratives brought up a point made frequently when discussing why Israel and its supporters seem to never be able to provide a compelling and stable counter-narrative to the “Israel=Apartheid” one proffered by BDS propagandists. His point (that Israel and its friends are too longwinded) is certainly well taken […]

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Narrative – Thinking Fast and Slow

One of my favorite reads of the last five years, Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, documents why our reasoning faculties – which should be protecting us from making bad choices based on emotion or instinct – contain flaws that make them the source of many human errors. The book title refers to a model […]

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