On Jeffery Goldberg’s Self-serving Historical Kitsch. Queer Atheist comments

Headline:Israeli Jews are ‘equivalent of Seminoles deciding to take over Florida’ and Palestinians are the cowboys — Jeffrey Goldberg reemerges

While I was reading portions of Goldberg’s comments I was reminded of the column’s of David Brooks , in which the political territory looks very familiar, yet refracted through the Brooks lens it is rendered alien, in greater or lesser degree. Perhaps the rhetorical strategy is to create an exploitable  historical/political vertigo?
As a non-Jew I do not understand this obsession-call it a form of ancestor worship. As a self-identified Queer/Atheist my sense of alienation is advanced, to say the least.
I am currently reading ‘Liberalism: A Counter -History’ by Domenico Losurdo: my fascination with the hero’s of the Enlightenment, by way of Isaiah Berlin’s ‘The Age of Enlightenment: The 18th Century Philosophers’ ,dates from my early twenties.
My ‘faith’ in this collection of thinkers is being slowly eroded, by the ugly facts of ‘Liberalism’s’ complicity in slavery, indentured servitude, genocide against native peoples, work-houses etc.
For anyone to present Jewish Suffering and the hard work of being an ‘actual Jew’, in the corrupting Age of the Internet,  as the sine qua non of self-apologetics for the oppression/murder of not just Palestinians, but Africans, Jewish and Non-Jewish, and the Bedouins put on ‘Reservations’ requires more argumentative acrobatics.

Mr. Goldberg reminds me of ‘New Historian’ Benny Morris on Mondoweiss :

Headline:Israeli historian Benny Morris doubles down on his advocacy for ethnic cleansing

Israeli historian Benny Morris doubles down on his advocacy for ethnic cleansing

And Hannah Arendt :

Headline: Arendt: Born in conflict, Israel will degenerate into Sparta, and American Jews will need to back away

Arendt: Born in conflict, Israel will degenerate into Sparta, and American Jews will need to back away

Queer Atheist

Israeli Jews are ‘equivalent of Seminoles deciding to take over Florida’ and Palestinians are the cowboys — Jeffrey Goldberg reemerges

 

 

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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