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“About Syria, the critical theory crowd remains silent”

“About Syria, the critical theory crowd remains silent”

So writes Syracuse University Professor Zak Braiterman, Hezbollah — Part of the Global Left?:

Reading this article about Hezbollah fighting in Syria and up to its waist in blood, it made me wonder if a certain philosopher still believes that Hezbollah is a social movement that is “progressive,” “on the left,” and “part of a global left,” even if that “does not stop us from being critical of certain dimensions.” Talk about precarious life and bad judgment. It makes me wonder again and again about intellectuals and politics. About Syria, the  critical theory crowd remains silent.

It’s that way between leftists and Islamists everywhere.  Whether the BDS movement, the Gaza flotilla, the “anti-Pinkwashing” conferences, the embrace of Columbia Prof. Joseph Massad‘s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, or the Association of Asian American Studies President and Cal Poly Professor Mary Yu Danico singling out Israel and only Israel for an academic boycott, the Leftist-Islamist coalition is unified only by hatred of Israel.

The most anti-liberal forces — the Islamists — are glorified while the most liberal forces — the Israelis — are vilified.


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But, Prof., thinking critically is not what “critical theory” is FOR!

It is ONLY for advancing Collectivism. Their lil’ ratchet (and you can spell that any way you want) only clicks ONE way, and that is AGAINST liberty and pluralism.

“The most anti-liberal forces — the Islamists — are glorified while the most liberal forces — the Israelis – are vilified.”

Ain’t that the truth! The Islamists WITH a U.S. leader that does NOT admire them, can always be Martel’ed in the modern style, glowing.

The “Global Left”? Speaking of glowing, maybe reconstitute/reconstruct the Chernobyl zone OR lead the NASA effort to colonize Mars. Afterall, it IS The Red Planet.

LukeHandCool | May 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I got my master’s at Cal Poly, so I take some interest that someone with responsibility in the absurd academic boycott of Israel is a professor there.

That she is of Korean descent makes for some sad, pitifully obtuse irony. Koreans are often referred to by other Asians as the “Jews of Asia.”

I wonder if she is aware of this?

Yeah, single out Israel, you buffoons.

It’s like singling out big-gulp sodas as the biggest threat to peace and prosperity in New York.

I’m starting to wonder if insanity might be somewhat contagious. Seems to be going around more and more these days.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I long ago decided Koreans are mad. Not bad.

    The area I grew up in ( we bought the house from Lebanese Maronites ) is now predominantly Korean.

    Luckily the Muslim Hizbollah crowd are a few miles away . They are mad & bad.

The left is probably the last place to look for intellectual rigor.