Are Liberals To Blame For Europe's Far Right?
October 12, 2010
My former colleague Jamie Kirchick, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, surveys the rise of Islamophobic far-right parties in Europe, and flays American liberals: Anyone who has traveled throughout Europe knows that its image as an exemplar of progressivism, and ethnic and religious diversity, is a fabrication of the American liberal mind. American liberals who ignore European bigotry while considering opposition to the Ground Zero mosque inexcusable bring to mind the mocking suggestion of German communist playwright Bertolt Brecht: "Would it not be easier in that case for the government to
May 24, 2010
Peter Beinart replies, or purports to reply, one more time: From Leon Wieseltier to Jonathan Chait to Jeffrey Goldberg to Jamie Kirchick to David Frum, the main complaint is that I didn’t spend enough time discussing the nastiness of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and extremist Muslims in general. Not only is that not my complaint, or even a complaint I agree with, it's a complaint I specifically disagreed with in both my replies to Peter. There's just no longer any point of contact between the argument I wish to make and the argument Peter wishes to refute.
The Boston Globe must be one of the most fastidiously civil-libertarian newspapers in America. So much so that it has lost many of its normal liberal readers (that is, Americans who are not blind to the perils the country faces from Muslim terrorism). In an editorial on Thursday, “Al Qaeda’s troubling new focus,” the paper offers a short (but very incomplete) narrative of what has occurred recently on the domestic terror scene. But the fact is that I do not concur that the change is so dramatic. There has been home-grown and violent Islamic jihadism since before 9/11.
What’s The Bigger Insult?
August 13, 2009
Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals. TNR published my article yesterday suggesting parallels between the absurd public rationales typically offered by opponents of gay marriage, and the absurd public rationales offered by some opponents of President Obama’s agenda, most recently on health care reform.
Tnr.com's Week In Review (7.18.08)
July 18, 2008
TNR started off the week by trouncing The Atlantic at softball and settling in for a Sunday read of Ryan Lizza's New Yorker piece. But our peace of mind was soon disturbed. Eve Fairbanks alerted us to the magazine's cover art, which the Obama campaign called "tasteless and offensive." Michael Crowley and Isaac Chotiner thought Obama was wrong to pick a fight about it, but Jason Zengerle disagreed and wondered if David Remnick didn't know what he was getting into.
The Mugabe Myth
September 30, 2007
Some journalists have obsessions. You know mine. And Jamie Kirchick's is Zimbabwe or, rather, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. He is more attentive to what happens (and what has happened) in Harare than anyone else writing for the American press. Maybe there's someone in Britain about whom one could say the same. But I'm not sure. Certainly, few are able to tell the truth in Zimbabwe itself, at least not anonymously. One such person is Cathy Buckle, whose weekly letters from Zimbabwe TNR has published.
On 'on Grit'
August 28, 2007
Guest blogging for Andrew over at the Daily Dish, Jamie Kirchick reprints an anonymous and very nearly interminable letter from a "internationally renowned journalist" bemoaning the lack of "grit" displayed in world affairs these days. His (or perhaps her) parents were different: Father fought in the Pacific; mother endured the Blitz. The letter concludes: "It seems nobody much has [grit] now. But unless the US and UK--the two countries that really matter--have more grit than Al Qaeda, we could lose." Now the fortitude of Jamie's correspondent's parents is certainly admirable.