Category Archives: History

The Significant Jewish Role in the Civil Rights Movement

From a piece on the “Brave and tragic heroes of civil rights” in the Jewish Chronicle: Estimates suggest that Jews made up half of the young people who participated in Freedom Summer… Clarence Jones, a black lawyer who began working … Continue reading

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Slave Auctions in Libya

CNN online has a story (with accompanying video) on slave auctions in Libya. You have to read between the lines, but the essence of the phenomenon is black African ‘refugees’ on their way to the Disneyland of Western Europe being … Continue reading

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Slezkine Redux

Yuri Slezkine’s book The Jewish Century (2004) has become a seminal book in recent decades for understanding the JQ. A Berkeley professor, Slezkine’s new book The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution is a massive study of the 1917 … Continue reading

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Benjamin Martin’s “The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture”

In the NY Review of Books, Robert Paxton, a preeminent scholar on fascism, has a review of Benjamin Martin’s The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture: During World War I German patriotic propaganda vaunted the superiority of Germany’s supposedly rooted, … Continue reading

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Brooks on Tribalism

NYT ‘conservative’ David Brooks’ recent column attempts to make sense of the tribalism inherent in today’s right wing populism. But whereas Brooks argues goes on to warn that the GOP “is becoming a party permanently associated with bigotry”, Robert Merry … Continue reading

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Larry David’s Ancestral Sins

Larry David discovered an uncomfortable truth about his ancestry: In the Oct. 3 season premiere of PBS genealogy series Finding Your Roots (8 ET/PT, times may vary), David learns that they have common ancestry. And David also discovered his great-grandfather fought for the Confederacy … Continue reading

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American Experience: Klansville, U.S.A. (2015)

PBS’s “American Experience: Klansville, U.S.A.” (2015) is being re-aired of late. (I wonder why?…) It’s worth watching to learn about, and garner lessons from, the rapid rise, widespread appeal, and ensuing foibles of the NC chapter of the KKK. The … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Grandfather

In The New York Times (where else), one Jacob Mikanowski pens “My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman”. After describing his family’s multi-generation love affair with Communism (“The family romance with Communism began with my great-grandfather Solomon…”), the piece focuses on the … Continue reading

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Gladwell on Brown v Board of Education

Here’s an interview with Malcolm Gladwell, where he throws shade upon the very faulty social science (e.g., Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy) that informed the ridiculously consequential Brown vs. Board of Education … Continue reading

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The Same Ancestors

From The Federalist Paper #2 by John Jay: I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same … Continue reading

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