Why Are Jews Liberals?

ISBN-10: 0307456250
ISBN-13: 9780307456250
Edition: N/A
Authors: Norman Podhoretz
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

From the bestselling author ofWorld War IV, a brilliant and provocative examination of a central question in American politics and culture that is sure to generate tremendous controversy. Norman Podhoretz says he has never in his entire life been asked any question on any subject as often as Why are so many Jews liberals? or in its more specifically political form, "Why do most Jews always vote for the Democrats?" Podhoretz proposes to solve this puzzle. He first offers a fascinating account of anti-Semitism in the West to show why, for most of that time, Jews quite sensibly concluded that they had much more to fear from the right than the left. But since the Six Day War of 1967, he argues, this position has no longer made sense, and yet most Jews go on supporting the Democratic Party and the liberal agenda. Reviewing the history of Jewish political attitudes and thoroughly examining the available evidence, he then demonstrates that all the usual explanations-such as a passion for justice allegedly deriving from the prophets of the Hebrew Bible-are either inadequate or flat-out false. Finally he proposes his own answer to the great puzzle of why most Jews remain as committed to liberalism as ever. There is no more vigorous thinker or skilled polemicist in American intellectual life than Norman Podhoretz. In Why Are Jews Liberals? he sums up his thinking on the political inclinations of his fellow Jews-in the process confounding conventional wisdom and changing the way we view American politics.

Introduction
How the Jews Became Liberals
The "Witness" Doctrine
Ghettos
Poets and Exegetes
Emancipation: Phase One
The Enlightenment Puzzle
Haskalah
Emancipation: Phase Two
The Second Great Puzzle
The Golden Land
Jews from Germany
Anti-Semitism, Patrician Style
Jews Without Money
Emancipation: The Backlash
"Defilers" of the Culture
Enter FDR
In Roosevelt's Wake: Truman
From 1952 to 1968
Why the Jews are Still Liberals
The Golden Age of Jewish Security
Something New Under the Jewish Sun
Nixon and Israel
Carter: "Joining the Jackals"
The 1980 Election
Reagan and Israel
Anti-"Zionism"
The Case of The Nation
The Case of National Review
George H. W. Bush and Israel
The Case of Pat Buchanan
Clinton, the Religious Right, and the Jews
George W. Bush and Israel
2008
As Liberal as Ever?
The Wrong Answers
The "Torah" of Liberalism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliographical Note
Index

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