Richard O'Keeffe

A Kibbutz By Any Other Name

In the battle for Israel's soul, the kibbutz has long exemplified secular and socialist ideals, but it remains to be seen if the kibbutz of the future will continue to play this role, or if it will veer toward the "normal" in order to survive, if only in name.

Unclean Spirits

Dostoyevsky's superlative characters share with their real world counterparts a desperate need for union with "The Ideal" -- itself a term coined by Fichte and found in the writings of the Wall St. bombers -- a need that reveals its French Revolution roots in its insistence that any compromise is no less than a total betrayal. For the Nazis, the Ideal was the purity of the Aryan Volk, for the Soviets it was the worker's dictatorship and for the Ba'athists it was the establishment of a socialist Arab superstate. What these groups finally shared was a hatred of liberal society, with its perceived weak and unheroic qualities. Especially enraging to followers of The Ideal is liberalism's division of both knowledge and authority into multiple and separate spheres.

Previous Page | Next page