Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We have been here before

The organizers of the Chicago Dyke March asked two women carrying Jewish rainbow pride flags (having a Star of David over the rainbow) to leave the Saturday afternoon march and rally.

I particularly like the justification of the organizers of the march that: "anti-Zionist Jewish volunteers and supporters are welcome."

Ah, only good Jews are welcome. After all, it has been vouch safe that feminists should not be Zionists.

If you are interested, there are some links below (I like article by Bari Weiss best).

When Jews groups often march under signs saying "We have been here before", at Trump Resistance rallies for instance, I like also to remember part of that 'before' was how much support we received from 'progressive allies'. 

Why, it almost makes one want to be a Zionist.

Tensions Flare After Chicago Dyke March Demands Star Of David Pride Flag Carriers Leave Rally

I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars

Pro-Israel And Queer? Why It’s Getting Hard To Be Both.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sayre's law and free thought

I think that the oppressive behavior at Evergreen, Harvey Mudd, Yale and elsewhere, as described in These Campus Inquisitions Must Stop, is unlikely to be arrested. (H/T Jack Ayer)

It is too good an example of Sayer's Law -- "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." 

The special case is: "Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small."*

It is not inconceivable that such actions might allow certain groups to obtain power at certain institutions.  But it is hard to see these institutions actually changing the world around them.

Still it has the potential to secure the careers of some people, and temporarily (until graduation) 'empower' others -- political correctness largely for profit and fun.  So it won't stop.

But, I can't think a better method of defanging the 'left' as a serious participant in real politics.  I wonder if the Koche brothers are behind it.


*This quote is attributed to many people, including Samuel Johnson, Jesse Unruh, and Henry Kissinger (who promoted it to international diplomacy).