Antisemitism has returned to mainstream politics in Europe and America. One fundamental misconception about antisemitism is that it is simply another form of racism. Thus Jeremy Corbyn responds to charges of antisemitism with “ ‘I’ve spent my whole life exposing racism in any form”. But of course, Corbyn is, at the very least, an enabler … Continue reading The Institutional Foundations of Antisemitism
The most interesting thing I have read in years about anti-Semitism is in the Wall Street Journal today. A poll in Europe indicates that 50% of Spaniards have a somewhat unfavorable, or a very unfavorable impression of Jews. The percentage in Germany is 25, in France it’s 20, in the UK, it’s 10. There are large … Continue reading The Rationality of Anti-Antisemitism; The Currency Issue Made Simple
This is your US Constitution on drugs Ilya Shapiro, National Affairs The early years of Communist Party rule Ian Johnson, NY Times Why Leftists prefer and even encourage “cancel culture” Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber The rumour about the Jews Francesca Trivellato, Aeon New light on the dark interwar years Tony Barber, Financial Times
Humour in the time of Stalin Jonathan Waterlow, Aeon Liberalism and the death penalty Craig Lerner, Law & Liberty American Jews and antisemitism Michael Koplow, Ottomans & Zionists State capacity libertarianism Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
It’s been a heck of a year. Thanks for plugging along with Notes On Liberty. Like the world around me, NOL keeps getting better and better. Traffic in 2019 came from all over the place, but the usual suspects didn’t disappoint: the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia (in that order) supplied the … Continue reading 2019: Year in Review
There are some certain incredibly rare constellations of time and space which result in one of a kind decades. The peak of Greek civilization from 5th to 4th century BC, the Californian Gold Rush from 1848–1855 and the Fin de Siecle from 1890-1920. The latter one is of specific interest to me for a long … Continue reading Wiener Moderne and Austrian Economics – A product of times of turmoil
Antisemitism, Zionism, and the changing politics of the Left David Feldman, Financial Times Revolutionary postcards in imperial Russia Donald Rayfield, Literary Review Dreamtime social games (better institutions) Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias In defense of the people Roslyn Fuller, spiked!
Antisemitism was anti-capitalist and anti-communist Colin Schindler, History Today The invention of money John Lanchester, New Yorker Why do we look to Science as a guide for living? Ronald Dworkin, Law & Liberty Salman Rushdie’s hyperloquacity Matt Hill, Literary Review
I am on the road. I’m in Utah, actually, for a wedding. I drove here with my little family. From Texas. It’s a beautiful drive. But long. I’ll have more American pop-sociology soon enough. In the mean time, here’s Irfan on an important topic, and one that’s gone almost cold in libertarian circles: Thanks for … Continue reading From the Comments: Dual loyalties and American hypocrisy
Movers and stayers (immigration) John Quiggin, Crooked Timber Bryan Caplan steps out of his bubble (and away from libertarian philistinism) EconLog Edmund Burke and the idea of national conservatism Yuval Levin, Law & Liberty “Never give a cunt a chance to be a cunt.” (Labour’s antisemitism) Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
Bill Wirtz does a great job reporting, in the American Conservative, on recent developments in European politics. Basically, the “populists,” who are socially conservative by European standards and anti-immigrant, are not actually opposed to the European Union. In fact, these right-wing parties are building international coalitions as you read this in order to better wield … Continue reading Will the conservatives usher in a federal Europe?
Crossposted at Liberal Currents How did religious freedom first emerge? This is the theme of Persecution & Toleration (CUP, 2019). Here I focus on one part of this question: how did Jews obtain civic rights? Antisemitism has a long history in Europe. Elsewhere, I discussed its institutional foundations in the Middle Ages. But even as … Continue reading Liberalism & Jewish Emancipation
Understanding how political parties function is an area where recent research in political science has contributed major insights. Political parties are a fairly recent phenomenon. Prior to the 19th century, there were factions and loose groupings – the Optimates and Populares in Republican Rome, Tories and Whigs in late 17th century England, and Girondins and … Continue reading Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the more influential writers on political thought during the twentieth century. Born in Germany, her political views and Jewish origins (she was also Jewish in identity though not in religion) meant not only that she had to leave Germany after the Nazi takeover, but that she had to escape … Continue reading Another Liberty Canon: Arendt
The Decline and Fall of France Rooked: The evolution of cheating in chess The decline of Europe’s military might Bodies in the desert Is antisemitism back in Europe? Did it really ever leave? The superiority of democracy over dictatorship is no reason to ignore the problem of political ignorance Why did men stop wearing high heels?