My Jewish Problem C’ted: My Tribe Is No Longer a Progressive Political Force

May 30, 2006 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Civil Rights, Social Welfare | Leave a comment

(New York Observer) When I was a kid, Jews were firmly on the left. They were outsiders in American culture—my dad faced antisemitic discrimination in his professional life (science)—and Jews were associated in the 60s with the civil-rights movement and the antiwar movement. And the great leap forward of the meritocracy, of which Jews were the prime beneficiaries (then), meant sharing the wealth of a progressive Jewish tradition, of valuing education and knowledge (as Yuri Slezkine has written) with the rest of society.


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