- Death to covert contracts (just ask for what you want)
- An excellent essay about being a perfectionist
- Pull requests as learning instead of reviewing
- In Slack, nobody can hear you scream
- Tyler Cowen on capital gains tax and American values
- Poor leadership at Basecamp
- Project Kiwi, or a lifelike Groot robot
Monthly Archives: May 2021
Woke culture and antisemitism
Jews, who have never been seen as white by those for whom being white is a moral good, are now seen as white by those for whom whiteness is an unmitigated evil. This reflects the nature of antisemitism: No matter the grievance or the identity of the aggrieved, Jews are held responsible. Critical race theory does not merely make it easy to demonize Jews using the language of social justice; it makes it difficult not to.
One “critically informed” social-work curriculum teaches that the notion of Jews “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps” is a “myth.” Instead, having “become white,” Jews benefited from federal programs that allowed “Jews and other European immigrants to be recognized or rewarded.” In other words, these social-work students are not taught that antisemitism is a conspiracy theory about Jews gaining unmerited success and power. They are taught that Jews, having been initiated into whiteness, have gained unmerited success and power.
American Jews have generally looked upon Jewish success in the United States as evidence of the country’s fundamental (if far from fully realized) commitment to the principles of tolerance, fair play, and recognition of individual merit. But, according to critical social justice ideology, that explanation is not just false. It’s racist. Jewish success can be explained only by Jewish collusion with white supremacy.Critical Race Theory and the ‘Hyper-White’ Jew
And, just to share another observation:
We live in very strange times.