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Beware the Goodists
Jewish World Review, by Jonathan Rosenblum

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Posted By:f64, 11/28/2012 10:52:12 AM

One of the working papers for the recent Jewish People Policy international conference, entitled "Jewish Identity and Identification: New Patterns, Meanings, and Network´s," posed the question whether the Jewish community´s altered material and political circumstance "entail a long-term shift from identification with the have-nots to identification with the haves." (Snip)But their implicit characterization of the divide between political liberalism and conservatism as one between good people who care about those less fortunate than themselves and bad people who don´t strikes me as highly tendentious.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jlw509, 11/28/2012 2:42:52 PM     (No. 9037884)

This article makes an important distinction between "values" in the cheap sense (suff you say you´re for) and "virtues" in the costly sense (things you´ll work for with commitment and sacrifice). Written for a Jewish audience, thought-provoking for everyone.

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Posted By: f64- 11/28/2012 10:52:12 AM     Post Reply
One of the working papers for the recent Jewish People Policy international conference, entitled "Jewish Identity and Identification: New Patterns, Meanings, and Network´s," posed the question whether the Jewish community´s altered material and political circumstance "entail a long-term shift from identification with the have-nots to identification with the haves." (Snip)But their implicit characterization of the divide between political liberalism and conservatism as one between good people who care about those less fortunate than themselves and bad people who don´t strikes me as highly tendentious.

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