The Israel lobby is a horde without a leader (0+ / 0-)
"Horde" is my homage to Mongols. To be the Khan of all the Mongols (not that Zhengis ever was, probably, right?) you have to be the most Mongol of all the Mongols--lead by example. These Mongols are each an "Army of one", riding, shooting arrows from a three-hundred-pound-draw-weight bow. The collectivity travels with livestock, all they need is grazing land and water. They have tribes. Tribes have political structures. To get this whole thing moving in a particular direction, like, "Let's go to Hungary!", takes some super-Mongol-ing.
Assaf's comments today open the question of Jewish values. I put these at three: ability to write/speak/take in lucid arguments (claim, evidence, significance--Mortimer Adler). Belief in a loving God who makes facts possible. Belief in a loving God who requires that I treat others as as free and competent (including competency at lying: using bad arguments) as I find myself to be.
These may reduce to one idea: no hierarchy, a perpetually uncleared market.
First item of business. Israel is not viable. Current efforts among the horde to make it so are moving in opposing directions. There is no way it can be made viable. "Jewish and democratic state" is a contradiction in terms. So the first act of the unified horde will be to disband Israel.
Second order of business. Realize this is not central Asia in the 13th Century AD. Or if it is, I am not only Zhengis Khan, I am also Thomas Aquinas, and it's time the horde started acting like reasonable people (see three criteria of Judaism, above). All your criteria of Jewish values only do you any good if you treat all people as if they were Jewish.
by chrisrushlau on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 11:04:43 AM PDT
These are your friends and fellow progressive activists.
This is your movement.
He claims that Jewish and democratic are mutually exclusive, yet somehow Italian and democratic is not.
When did the anti-racist progressive-left become even more racist than the Republicans?