Anti-Semitism, American Jews, and de Tocqueville

September 30, 2010
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

Over the past several weeks, I have intermittently been posting and commenting on excerpts from a book I happened upon at the library — Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006) by Larry F. Sternberg. Sternberg examines the “doctrines”, programs, & policies of modern liberalism (in American politics) and compares them with the […]

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Jewish Freedom and the Free Market

September 29, 2010
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

In today’s excerpt from Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006), Larry Sternberg returns to the issue of free market capitalism, its benefits, and what part a good Jew should play in the system…. Most observers of American politics would agree that between the two competing political doctrines of liberalism and conservatism, when […]

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Jews and the Problem with Always Backing the Majority

September 16, 2010
This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

Continuing our (intermittent) series of posts discussing Larry Sternberg’s insightful book (Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006)), consider the danger of supporting the actions/programs espoused by the current majority, without (or despite?) considering whether they actually make sense or if similar programs have a history of success. It’s something worth considering, no […]

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Socialism, Liberalism, and American Jews

September 9, 2010
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

In his book Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006), Larry F. Sternberg gives a bit of history, explaining how Jews in the late-18th & early-19th centuries came to think so highly of “socialism”. Unfortunately, they did not understand the true, basic tenets of the system, and it cost them and their descendants […]

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Why Are American Jews Liberal?

September 8, 2010
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

Today, I would like to return to Larry F. Sternberg’s wonderful book Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006). In fact, perhaps I should have made this the first post re the book, since it is where Sternberg lays out a framework of sorts for the rest of the book. I’ll let him […]

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Liberals, Jews, and Class Warfare (Part 2 of 2)

August 26, 2010
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

Here is another excerpt from the terrific book Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006) by Larry F. Sternberg. Specifically, we continue from the last post, in which Sternberg (with insights from Thomas Sowell and Judge Robert Bork) looked at the tendency of liberals to not only group people into classes but to […]

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Liberals, Jews, and Class Warfare (Part 1 of 2)

August 26, 2010
This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

My next couple posts continue a theme begun in my earlier posts regarding Larry F. Sternberg’s book Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006). If you haven’t read them, please do; then come right back here. Liberals love to quote statistics that demonstrate great differences in income between classes in the U.S. The […]

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Liberals, Government Programs, and Unintended Consequences (Part 2 of 2)

August 19, 2010
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

This is one of several posts excerpting Larry F. Sternberg’s insightful book, Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006). Here is Part 1. The problem with liberals, as Thomas Sowell points out, is they believe that human behavior can be modified by adjusting the underlying social conditions so that people will begin to […]

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Liberals, Government Programs, and Unintended Consequences (Part 1 of 2)

August 18, 2010
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Jews and Liberalism

I’ve been reading an interesting book, lately, that I wanted to share with you — Why Jews Should NOT Be Liberals (2001, rev. 2006), by Larry F. Sternberg. From the back, This book makes a powerful argument that the principles of Judaism, its laws, traditions, and commandments, are at odds with the realities of liberalism […]

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