Chris Hughes brings down the curtain on neoconservative New Republic

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The journalism world is up in arms today that Chris Hughes the Facebook mogul who bought The New Republic magazine had the temerity to fire editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier, beheadings that have led to the resignation of twenty-some editors and writers at the magazine. Here’s Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast saying a great magazine is being demolished. Here’s Jonathan Chait, saying that Hughes is a nitwit who is undermining “an essential foundation of American progressive thought.” Gosh!

Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier

I’m not shedding any tears. So Leon Wieseltier is going to have to cut his hair and go out and suck up like the rest of us. He was a proponent of a feverish ideology, rightwing Zionism. He appeared on the main stage at AIPAC, the Israelis gave him a $1 million prize a year ago. The New Republic has for forty years been a bastion of the Israel lobby. During much of that time Marty Peretz was spouting bigoted comments about Arabs. As Larry Zuckerman reminds us:

Most of those resigning from tolerated Marty Peretz’s racism & Islamophobia but they can’t handle Chris Hughes?

Scott McConnell writes to me:

The TNR been a venerable and talent-full magazine serving up a noxious ideology (neocon foreign policy, swathed in ostensibly Democratic Party leaning social liberalism.) TNR’s main goal has been to keep the Democratic Party in line behind Israel, and to support other forms of neo-liberal hawkishness, and that will become a bit more difficult.

Didn’t Marty Peretz get a top Al Gore aide fired over Israel? [A speechwriter fired because he compared the Israeli secret police to the Gestapo once.]

Now I admit my response is salted with schadenfreude. I’ve been blacklisted or fired from a number of places in the late great Jewish Zionist establishment because of my views on foreign policy, and no one (beside me) got on their high horse. Chait once called for my blacklisting at a J Street panel. Remember J Street?

Having watched as a college student when Marty Peretz took over the New Republic 40 years ago and some other group of writers was up in arms, this shift strikes me as generational. I can’t believe Chris Hughes cares one way or another about Israel. He’s an anodyne techie, to judge from his public statements. He’s from North Carolina. His husband cares a lot about marriage equality.

This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity. The New Republic had been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. For years the magazine helped impose its litmus test within the mainstream media: You must be a Zionist to write about the conflict; and if you’re not, then keep your mouth shut. Most everyone at that magazine supported the Iraq war, including Peter Beinart. Among those leaving now are many supporters of Israel’s wars, including Paul Berman, Michael Walzer, and Robert Kagan. An era is over, and the Israel lobby (whose influence the magazine sought to belittle) is losing power; and that’s just fine.

P.S. John Judis has been the best thing about The New Republic for years; check out his latest essay on Teddy Roosevelt’s rationale for ethnically cleansing the Indians. Or his great reporting on Truman and the lobby. Judis is sure to do fine.

Update: I’m not the only one to see the New Republic’s changes in a Jewish light. Julia Ioffe, an editor at the magazine, reports on Facebook that a large group is “sitting shiva for The New Republic.” Maybe Andrew Sullivan is holding a wake?

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  1. bilal a
    December 5, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Hitler Alive and Well, Owning Liberal Magazine
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/hitler-alive-and-well-owning-liberal-magazine.html

    The Washington Free Beacon has a report, sourced to “Washington Free Beacon Staff,” that Chris Hughes is purging Jews from The New Republic.

    • a blah chick
      December 5, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Every time I see that phrase Free Beacon I keep seeing Free Bacon. I think this is a subliminal message.

    • Krauss
      December 6, 2014, 12:32 am

      I’m not surprised at this uproar, but yes, the TNR was a gathering for Jewish “liberal” neocons and hardline racial nationalists like Chait. So of course he is outraged.

      It’s notable that nobody has accused him of anti-Semitism, which I think is less because of the decency of the people involved and more because they realize that nobody’s going to believe that BS(which in of itself is a victory of sorts).

      You’re right, this marks the end of the tight-knit Jewish establishment which sought to control discussions on Israel on the left.

      This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity.

      It’s also notable that most of these crying Jewish racial nationalists(just about all of them men) don’t get much support from the rest of the liberal base, which is a direct proof of your point.

      Most of the reaction on the left has been from people like Coates, who pointed out that TNR was a bastion of bigotry against blacks for many years and literally employed not a single black person. A lot of these people are stuck in a pre-modern mindset, where “diversity” means Jewish and everyone is white(regardless of religion). This is why their pathetic crusade has failed. They haven’t adapted to the times.

      I still think TNR is finished. And frankly I don’t care. It hasn’t been relevant for many years. A lot of these neocons will find their own home in places like Bloomberg(like Eli Lake and Josh Rogin). But their hayday is over.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 6, 2014, 2:18 am

        It’s also notable that most of these crying Jewish racial nationalists(just about all of them men) don’t get much support from the rest of the liberal base,

        that’s because they are not liberals.”Jewish “liberal” neocons “, as you called them, is an oxymoron. because neo means new. they can’t be both the “new conservatives” and remain liberal at the same time. it’s farcical.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 11:50 am

        ”Jewish “liberal” neocons “

        That’s a guy who is a overtightened wing-nut Zionist, wants to invade Iran, and supports marriage equality. Guys like that are everywhere.

      • lysias
        December 8, 2014, 2:01 pm

        If the NPR piece this morning on the shakeup at TNR made any mention at all of the Jewish/Zionist angle, it escaped my attention. They didn’t even give the names of the staffers who quit.

      • JWalters
        December 8, 2014, 6:16 pm

        Perhaps Hughes will buy the New York Times.

  2. just
    December 5, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Thank you, Chris Hughes.

    A breath of much- needed fresh air.

  3. CitizenC
    December 5, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Thanks for that refreshing antipode to the “demise of a literary institution” meme. Goodbye and good riddance as the resigners ride on their high horses into the sunset

  4. Boomer
    December 5, 2014, 2:51 pm

    No regrets over their leaving, though I guess it remains to be seen what will happen. Probably some Zionist billionaire will buy a new toy for the neocons.

    • In2u
      December 5, 2014, 3:14 pm

      Neocons is a trend, it’s out of fashion now. Remember how they risen in the first place? Good riddance.

  5. radii
    December 5, 2014, 3:16 pm

    can’t talk about jewish power or you get labeled anti-semite or self-hating jew but it is interesting that major arch-zionists have floated the idea of buying both LA Times (Adelson, et al) and NY Times … specifically to control the narrative on I/P

    what’s so funny is that the majority of people who’s perceptions the zionists seek to shape now get their news online

    good think zionists have a bunker mentality because if they don’t radically change their ways to share and live as good neighbors they’ll end up living in a real bunker state

  6. Nevada Ned
    December 5, 2014, 4:51 pm

    New owner Chris Hughes is cleaning house at The New Republic, and it’s about time.

    If Alexander Cockburn were still alive, he would give a lusty cheer, especially at the departure of

    Franklin Foer, who accused Alexander Cockburn of being an anti-Semite. (Anyone who is surprised has not been paying attention.)

    Check out this link

  7. surewin
    December 5, 2014, 5:13 pm

    All these unemployed guys should talk to Rupert Murdoch, who would be glad to fund a new magazine to serve as controlled-opposition to the Weekly Standard.

  8. Mooser
    December 5, 2014, 5:51 pm

    I read Josh Marshall ( editor of TPM) on this same subject this morning. Mr. Marshall is a self-proclaimed, as recently as Protective-Edge, Zionist.
    Except for the names, they might be talking about two different places

    • Pixel
      December 5, 2014, 7:17 pm

      Thanks for this, Mooser!

      • ritzl
        December 5, 2014, 8:36 pm

        Yeah. Weird.

        Thanks Mooser.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 11:52 am

        Notice that Marshall was waiting for “the call”?

  9. mcohen.
    December 5, 2014, 6:34 pm

    the area of the oil spill in the desert near eilat is extremely important historically to judaism and must be throughly explored for signs of past human habitation from the biblical period

    the earth shall open an ancient stream shall flow

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30325402

    • Mooser
      December 6, 2014, 12:30 pm

      “the area of the oil spill in the desert near eilat is extremely important histrionically to judaism”

      There, fixed it.

  10. matter
    December 5, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Josh Marshall is definitely a Zionist, but it’s by no means recent. He declared himself to be a Zionist on his blog years ago. On top of that, he was one of the “liberal hawks” who enthusiastically pimped the Iraq War for Israel.

    During the run-up to the war, he promoted a neocon book called “The Threatening Storm” on the front page of his blog for perhaps a year or more. Josh Marshall is a neocon-friendly zionist asshole.

    • Mooser
      December 6, 2014, 11:56 am

      “Josh Marshall is definitely a Zionist, but it’s by no means recent. “

      I’m sorry, I wasn’t clear. I didn’t mean to say Marshall had recently announced, as lately as the beginning of Protective Edge that he was still or Zionist.
      Then he made a few noises, which got poor Fritz, my Dachshund all worked up. And then, well, he sort of forgot about it. I read TPM most mornings, so it’s easy to follow the arc.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 11:59 am

        Still not clear.
        “I didn’t mean to say Marshall had recently announced a conversion to Zionism, but as lately as the beginning of Protective Edge announced that he was still a Zionist” is what I meant to say.

    • Mooser
      December 6, 2014, 12:06 pm

      “During the run-up to the war, he promoted a neocon book called “The Threatening Storm” on the front page of his blog for perhaps a year or more. Josh Marshall is a neocon-friendly zionist asshole.”

      He has also hosted ads for Glock firearms, and the Sydney-Wallace relaxocelerator and a lot of other objectionable stuff.
      If you don’t like the ad, there’s a little dingus in the corner you click, and your “Ad Choices” will get you something else. Marshall has no control over this.

      Now, can you think of a possible reason why the most potentially offensive ads appear first? I can! It’s so you will press the “Ad Choices” button, and in you desire to get rid of the Glock pistol ads, and never see them again, you’ll give them all sorts of consumer info, so they can show you something you will really like. Welcome to the web.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 12:08 pm

        “R: What a funny way to say, “I haven’t got a clue.”

        Why, thanks, Daniel. I appreciate that.

      • matter
        December 6, 2014, 7:10 pm

        Just to be clear, the promotion of “The Threatening Storm” wasn’t an ad. It was more a “blurb” by Marshall, enthusiastically recommending the book.

        PS. Skip the condescending bullshit.

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 3:44 pm

        “PS. Skip the condescending bullshit.”

        You know, you are right.
        I’m sorry.
        I shouldn’t assume it took anybody else several years to learn to switch the ads, like it did me.

    • MRW
      December 8, 2014, 6:40 pm

      During the run-up to the war, he promoted a neocon book called “The Threatening Storm” on the front page of his blog for perhaps a year or more. Josh Marshall is a neocon-friendly zionist asshole.

      Actually, you saw that ad because some bot decided–based on an algorithm of your writings and your link clicks–that you were the “neocon-friendly zionist asshole.” ;-))

  11. Daniel Rich
    December 5, 2014, 8:25 pm

    @ Mooser,

    Thnx.

    Q: …either as part of the same push or in protest or something else.

    R: What a funny way to say, “I haven’t got a clue.”

  12. ritzl
    December 5, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I don’t think I understand this:

    This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity.

    Or at least I don’t understand the significance (apparently profound) of TNR within the Jewish journalism establishment and its pending sublimation and/or demise.

    The “elite generation” is that of Hughes? Were the past 50 years something of a “Golden Age” of [singular?] Jewish journalistic influence?

    I maybe reading too much into those two sentences, but it just seems like there is a lot of background there that is not readily apparent, at least to me.

    Interesting article.

    • bilal a
      December 5, 2014, 8:48 pm

      more interesting is the combination of a total liberal progressive outlook with zionism — for decades.

      How do you explain this? There is something that animates the liberal onslaught AND zionism both, ie:

      ‘Is it good for the …/”

      No it wasnt good for the rank and file, nor for most Americans. On any true progressive metric.

      • OyVey00
        December 6, 2014, 9:52 am

        Multiculturalism and open borders in America – ultranationalism and expelling of all non-Jews in Israel.

        I think we know whom this is good for.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 6:33 pm

        “Multiculturalism and open borders in America – ultranationalism and expelling of all non-Jews in Israel.
        I think we know whom this is good for.”

        Wow, you sure got me stumped! Tell, us, “OyVey00” who is it good for?

      • seanmcbride
        December 6, 2014, 7:05 pm

        Mooser,

        Why do you think it is that so many Jewish Zionists strongly support ethnic nationalism in Israel and oppose ethnic nationalism (other than their own) in the Diaspora — especially in the United States and Europe?

        Ethnic self-interest is the most obvious explanation — Jewish ethnic nationalism is good for Jews in Israel and non-Jewish ethnic nationalism is bad for Jews in non-Jewish states. From which must conclude that the “liberal” component of liberal Zionism in the United States and Europe may not be based on high-minded universalist ethics — quite the contrary.

        The math is not complicated here.

      • OyVey00
        December 7, 2014, 9:47 am

        seanmcbride,

        I guess people like Mooser have been spoonfed that everything involving “The Jews” is a conspiracy theory and that it’s a mere coincidence that most people who lobby for zionism in America are Jewish.

        Also – and that’s a general problem with the Left – they prefer to see their enemies as insane, evil villains, who are motivated by nothing else than irrational hatred. Would they acknowledge that zionists are less motivated by the urge to do evil than by rational self-interest, they’d have to acknowledge that there are indeed rational – albeit immoral – reasons to oppress and genocide a people. Moreover, they’d have to see their enemies as fellow human beings, rather than evil demons. This seems to be hard to accept for many people with a strong ideological worldview.

        At least that’s how I see it.

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Ah, my day is made! “OyVey00” and “Sean McBride” find common ground! Let the feast of reason, and flow of soul commence!

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 5:54 pm

        “Ah, my day is made!”

        You two let me down. I was hoping to come back today and peruse the ensuing colloquy, but no gravy, huh?

      • JWalters
        December 8, 2014, 6:28 pm

        Interesting point and good question. Rank and file, humane Jewish Americans (not religious supremacists) were suckered by war profiteering bankers into supporting Jewish supremacists and a religious war. But the facts are getting out.
        http://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 3:01 pm

        “I guess people like Mooser have been spoonfed that everything involving “The Jews” is a conspiracy theory and that it’s a mere coincidence that most people who lobby for zionism in America are Jewish.”

        Well, of course they are, dummy! American employment law forbids discrimination on the basis of religion .

    • Annie Robbins
      December 5, 2014, 8:49 pm

      The “elite generation” is that of Hughes?

      no i assumed he meant the new generation of jewish kids are much more diverse.

      • ritzl
        December 5, 2014, 9:11 pm

        Thanks Annie. I was kinda hoping the change Phil senses might be broader than that, but it’s all good.

      • bilal a
        December 6, 2014, 5:32 am

        How is a racially exclusive group, eg Open Hilel, JVP, or YJP, become more diverse ?

        They may be embarrassed by the openly racist elements inside Israel (because it sheds light upon their own ethnic exclusion) but they are not becoming more ‘diverse’.

        — Unless you mean they increasingly strive to make the majority host population become more diverse. But that is a weapon they’ve been using for decades.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 6, 2014, 10:01 am

        ritzl, i can’t speak for phil but i’m fairly certain he senses a broader range of diversity than just in the young generation of jews.

        it just so happens he was referencing “a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment in this article as it pertains to THR, a bastion of jewish, (zionists, self defined as “left” but… whatever) intellectuals. and the generation phil was talking about is his own, and older, and part of the jewish establishment. and those generations grew up in an era of devotion to israel (and the new republic apparently). in this context, saying the younger generation (of jews) is more diverse reminds me of an article i just read embedded in the harvard bds panel we’re featuring right now : http://ideas.time.com/2011/09/29/why-fewer-young-american-jews-share-their-parents-view-of-israel/

        i think this is the diversity he’s referencing as opposed to a sentence from that article:

        During my childhood in the New York suburbs, support for Israel was as fundamental a family tradition as voting Democratic or lighting the Shabbos candles on Friday night.

        iow, there was no (or very little) diversity* within the jewish community on devotion/support for israel.

        *i assume phil was referencing diversity of thought, as opposed to bilal’s interpretation of “racially exclusive”. diversity has other meanings besides differing ethnicities. as in “a diverse range of opinions or options”

        and bilal, jvp is diverse and not exclusively jewish either.

      • Mooser
        December 6, 2014, 12:20 pm

        “How is a racially exclusive group, eg Open Hilel, JVP, or YJP, become more diverse ?”

        How many times do we have to go through this? I’m pretty sure none of the groups you mention is in any way “racially exclusive” and probably not even religiously exclusive. “If you feel you are part of the Jewish community”, which is about the only qualifier I’ve seen, hardly seems “racially exclusive” to me. And do they actually check anybody’s racial or religious ‘qualifications’? I doubt it.

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 4:02 pm

        “How is a racially exclusive group, eg Open Hilel, JVP, or YJP, become more diverse ?”

        Good gosh, what must the committee meeting where they pass on new members be like? “He says he’s Jewish and a Democrat, but I swear, he doesn’t look bluish!” Must be hard.

  13. dianab
    December 6, 2014, 9:10 am

    To Bilal A: I cannot speak for Open Hillel or YJP, but I can say unequivocally that JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace) is NOT racially or religiously exclusive. Among JVP’s active members are Muslims, Christians, Blacks and Asians, some of whom are in their 60s and 70s. “Diversity” is not only for the young.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 6, 2014, 10:18 am

      hey dian, you forgot me! i’m a jvp’r and neither jewish, muslim, christian, black nor asian. ;)

    • Mooser
      December 6, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Thank you. I’m not even a member (Oh, no, there’s the Israeli lady at the ferry dock: “And why not“!!) and it’s obvious “exclusivity” is a charge that doesn’t apply. And of all things “racial exclusivity”? Wow.
      Lord, give me strength to run this Jewish race!

    • mcohen.
      December 7, 2014, 7:01 am

      http://www.pacbi.com/cms/documents.php?pid=4&id=211

      In September 2011, Rabbi Doug Kahn, executive director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council said “Jewish Voice for Peace routinely allows itself to be used as political cover by organizations promoting anti-Israel boycotts and divestment so that they can claim that they have Jewish backing for their positions, even though JVP represents a tiny fraction of the community.” In response, Rabbi Alissa Wise, a national organizer for JVP who co-founded JVP’s rabbinical council, speaking on behalf of the JVP, said “we’re not responsible for the language used by others”, that some “groups do more harm than good” and that she regarded the work done by JVP as “trying to promote self-determination and equality for all people…a fruition of Jewish values, the path of living a Jewish life.”[31]

      • Annie Robbins
        December 7, 2014, 4:19 pm

        speaking of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, they are afflicted w/continually trying to represent themselves as representing the bay area jewish community, which they do not.

        First, it’s hard to know if the people who wrote this press release actually believe what they wrote. The points they make against the ad are so off the mark, and often offensive, it’s hard to believe anyone could write them sincerely. (I’m deleting the names on the release because I don’t think it’s fair to blame them. I think people at the top should be held accountable for such nonsense.)

        The release header:

        For Immediate Release: May 9, 2013

        Contact: XX Communications Manager, Jewish Community Relations Council

        XX Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

        Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Deceptive Apartheid Ads

        Saying something over and over again doesn’t make it true. The Bay Area JCRC, and local offices of the ADL and the AJC, are not synonymous with the “Bay Area Jewish Community.” In fact, while the Jewish Community Relations Council claims to represent Bay Area Jews, they won’t release the number or names of groups they represent. That certainly makes one wonder if the number is embarrassingly small. And it’s likely shrinking. There is no shortage of Jews around here, from a wide political spectrum, who would be appalled to be associated with an attack on a Muslim group for using a word that Israeli officials use regularly.

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/05/francisco-apartheid-backlash#sthash.2Mew3B1S.dpuf

    • bilal a
      December 7, 2014, 8:52 am

      I love JVP’s work , but sorry I didn’t see any obvious Muslim or Asian names in the leadership roster. And religious Jews also seem to be excluded from the leadership. Mighty white of them to let the rest of us join , pay dues, and attend rallies though. To be fair, they did mention an African (?)administrative assistant.

      http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/content/staff-and-board

      • Annie Robbins
        December 7, 2014, 2:36 pm

        there are definitely religious jews on the board. also i’m not sure how you’d determine which jews were or were not religious or secular by their bios. and what difference does it make? regarding not seeing muslim or asian names in the leadership roster haven’t you moved the goalposts from your original allegation? is it that you just have a problem with the idea of a group organizing under the auspices of a jewish org? similar to atzmon’s claim this is inherently zionist or something. what exactly is your beef again?

        i’m curious because this afternoon there’s a meeting to organize another chapter here in north california (yeah) i will be attending and i already know others who are attending and joining who are not jewish. as far as i know there is no designation or requirement to even mention our faith, or lack thereof at the meeting.

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 3:50 pm

        “I love JVP’s work , but sorry I didn’t see any obvious Muslim or Asian names in the leadership roster.”

        If you want quotas, please list the delineations, and the fair number or percentage of each type of, well, what, exactly?

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 4:26 pm

        “i already know others who are attending and joining who are not jewish”

        Okay, I’ve found a nice way to say it. It astounds me is that people can think that these organizations could even attempt to operate on a racially “exclusive” (we call that “discriminatory” here in the good ol’ US) basis?
        It makes me wonder if we’ve gone backwards since I was a kid. Do people really believe those kinds of divisions exist in the US in such a way that they can be used for membership criteria? I just find that gob-smaking.

      • just
        December 7, 2014, 4:32 pm

        Yeah, those things exist in other places…like Israel.

        One of the many problems that exist in that “democracy”.

        ‘I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I guess some find it difficult to believe that lots of people of all different faiths and no faiths are enjoined & believe in justice for Palestinians. (In orgs and out of orgs)

      • Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 10:11 pm

        “And religious Jews also seem to be excluded from the leadership.”

        From their names you can tell all this?

    • Mooser
      December 7, 2014, 10:01 pm

      “Diversity” is not only for the young.”

      Maybe not, but youth pretty much is, damn it!

      • RoHa
        December 8, 2014, 8:24 am

        And wasted on them, too, of course.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 3:06 pm

        “And wasted on them, too, of course.”

        Well, hopefully the diversity won’t be. I don’t think it will.

  14. tommy
    December 6, 2014, 11:56 am

    Thank you very much!

  15. Horizontal
    December 6, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Didn’t read TNR, but this sounds like a very good thing.

    Now could somebody please buy NPR? There a lot of permissible lefties over there who should get their walking papers.

    • matter
      December 6, 2014, 7:11 pm

      What, hasbara clowns object to Neocon Public Radio and its host of smarmy Zionist mouthpieces? Oy vey.

  16. Nevada Ned
    December 6, 2014, 4:01 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the TNR former writers. Will they end up working for Commentary? Dissent? AIPAC? US State Dept? Various inside the beltway think-tanks? (e. g., Foundation for the Defense of Democracy?) Some of them (Walzer) are old enough to retire anyway and already have a real job (Institute for Advanced Study).

    They won’t end up at CounterPunch, that’s for sure.

    If this signals the beginning of the end for the Israel’s pet intellectual supporters in the US, the former TNR writers might end up in the same predicament as lots of cold-war intellectuals, who had scarcely anything to do after the USSR collapsed. Consider the fate of The New Leader, which followed the US “party line” during the cold war. Their credibility was damaged in the late 1960’s when it turned out the The New Leader was secretly funded by the CIA. Nevertheless The New Leader staggered on until the USSR collapsed. The New Leader went out of business (print edition, 2006, online 2010).

    By the way, the Wikipedia web page for The New Leader has covered up the CIA funding.

    • Mooser
      December 6, 2014, 6:37 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see some former TNR writers end up at TPM.

    • munro
      December 7, 2014, 5:13 pm

      Annie Hall: Oh really? I had heard that “Commentary” and ” Dissent” had merged and formed “Dysentery.”

      • MRW
        December 8, 2014, 6:46 pm

        Good one, munro.

  17. mariapalestina
    December 6, 2014, 4:40 pm

    @Bilal
    “How is a racially exclusive group, eg Open Hilel, JVP, or YJP, become more diverse ?”

    Can’t speak about the other groups, but JVP doesn’t vet members on the basis of race or religion. They welcomed me (a Catholic) and I have several Muslim friends who are also members.

  18. rindmeshreb
    December 6, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Thank God, the faux-liberal, neo-con editorial staff of the New Republic finally bites the dust. In contrast to Julia Ioffe, who recommends sitting shiva for the long overdue demise of the likes of Foer and Wieseltier and their like, I think this calls for a celebration. The New Republic has for decades claimed to be a voice of liberalism. Decades ago that claim may have had some truth to it, but certainly since the time of its purchase by Martin Peretz in 1974 if not earlier, it became a bastion of the Israel Lobby and neo-con bullying. So sayonara Wieseltier, Foer, Ioffe and all others of their ilk. Possibly there are jobs for you with the likes of Sheldon Adelson. And thank you Chris Hughes for sweeping clean the Augean stables.

  19. mcohen.
    December 7, 2014, 6:51 am

    watched a movie called “hava nagila”……..interesting history lesson especially the trajectory of Jewish culture in America. ……seems like it is easy for people to forget there origins when the bright lights of show business beckon

    • Mooser
      December 7, 2014, 3:55 pm

      “watched a movie called “hava nagila”

      One is alright, some people have two, but have more than three nagilas and you’ll be dancing the “L’Chaim” routine from “Fiddler” on the ceiling, let alone the roof.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2014, 3:11 pm

        “……seems like it is easy for people to forget there origins when the bright lights of show business beckon”

        I get it. So “hava negila” is a re-make of “The Jazz Singer”?

      • mcohen.
        December 8, 2014, 10:47 pm

        you ever watch the david lynch movie “blue velvet”

        there is this great line spoken by dennis hopper….”I feel a laugh coming on” ha haha haha haha

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 12:20 pm

        “you ever watch the david lynch movie “blue velvet””

        Nope, too lascivious. Not merely bloodthirsty.

  20. bilal a
    December 7, 2014, 9:28 am

    TNR morphed into Peretz-ism, a strange kind of conservatism indeed, but Rod Dreher, who wears his religion on his sleeve, mourns its demise:

    RIP The New Republic By Rod Dreher • December 4, 2014, 5:06 PM
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/rip-the-new-republic/

    I’m not sure why Dreher embraces Peretz-ism as a Catholic/ E. Orthodox religious advocate but it has something to do with a shared hatred of Muslims and an embrace of Andrew Sullivan;s / Peretz’s antinomian neocon trajectories? Spencer at Jihad Watch describes Dreher as a christian conservative he respects , the others being antisemitic Arab lovers:

    “The American Conservative” embraces the Islamic supremacist agenda
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/09/the-american-conservative-embraces-the-islamic-supremacist-agenda

    • Marco
      December 7, 2014, 3:30 pm

      Dreher is a fanatical Christian Zionist for whom Israel can do no wrong.

      His presence at The American Conservative seems like a way of inoculating the little-read magazine to accusations of anti-Semitism.

      • bilal a
        December 7, 2014, 9:41 pm

        Maybe he attended a NJ zion youth camp , like the Rolling stone christophobe fraternity initiation tradition reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely .

        Welcome to Israel week at the JCC Camps at Medford, where, according to the director, the idea is to make Jewish experiences part of the fun — and make them count.

        Erdely, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, was hesitant to have her kids take the long bus ride each way, but in the end decided it was worth it.

        “We had two goals,” said the member of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City. “One was to give them a true camp experience and give them a break from the urban environment. And one was to be in an environment that reinforced their Jewish identity.”

        http://jewishexponent.com/jersey-day-camp-draws-record-numbers

      • Mooser
        December 9, 2014, 12:22 pm

        And one was to be in an environment that reinforced their Jewish identity.”

        I just got an idea for one hell of a Jewish summer camp!

    • Mooser
      December 7, 2014, 3:58 pm

      “but Rod Dreher, who wears his religion on his sleeve,”

      Of course he does! You don’t think he’s going to actually let it touch him, do you?

      • bilal a
        December 7, 2014, 9:52 pm

        It seems both Rod Dreher and Richard Spencer (Jihad watch, Geller affiliate) are both American Eastern orthodox (non roman) catholics. But they dont apparently share the views of their espoused Church:

        ———-
        Greek Orthodox Denounce Divisive Israeli [Jewish State ]Law On Palestinian Christians
        In response to this law, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III has issued directives to counter attempts to recruit Christians to the Israeli Army

        http://www.mintpressnews.com/greek-orthodox-denounce-divisive-israeli-law-palestinian-christians/197552/.

        I wonder if Dreher promoted by Spencer gets his funding from the same source:

        ——–
        The Horowitz Freedom Center has paid Spencer, as Jihad Watch’s director, a $132,000 salary (2010). Jihad Watch has also received funding from donors supporting the Israeli right,[15] and a variety of individuals and foundations, like Bradley Foundation and Joyce Chernick, wife of Aubrey Chernick.[18]

  21. bilal a
    December 7, 2014, 10:43 pm

    The Scythians keep repeating the effete blond Aryan tsar meme, does everything have to come down to race ?

    check out this image

    [ [Yiddish being a relexified form of Sorbian, and thus remains a Western Slavic language with
    High German vocabulary (Wexler 1991, p. 1-150, 2 15-225; 1993: 66-68)…the fact that Yiddish, Slavic or Germanic contains so little of the Romance languages, so little Greek, and so lit tle Aramaic or Hebrew, suggests that the word ashkenaz does refer to Scythia afte r all ]

  22. Mooser
    December 8, 2014, 11:06 am

    “suggests that the word ashkenaz does refer to Scythia afte r all”

    Some people say that Scythia is where the Grim Reaper comes from. It’s a harrowing question.

  23. CitizenC
    December 13, 2014, 10:34 am

    The New Yorker weighs in. Mostly about office politics, only a passing mention of the Middle East, nothing about the neocons, but about “traditional liberals” against Silly Valley tech culture.

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/inside-collapse-new-republic

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