White replacement theory, the repugnant racist trope that claims America’s white population is being displaced by people of color, is once again receiving a wide audience among those feeling malnourished by Donald Trump’s absence from their social media feeds.
There’s an easy—yet inaccurate—way to describe the current relationship between the two political parties and their Jewish voters: Democrats win Jewish votes on all issues relating to domestic affairs, including antisemitism, and they lose Jewish votes when it comes to their policy toward Israel. On the flip side, Republicans win over Jewish voters thanks to their stance on Israel, but they have a blind spot for antisemitism that works against them.
Eventually every Israeli prime minister reaches the moment in which the U.S. administration pulls out the diplomatic lexicon to “express concern,” or “ask for explanations,” or sometimes even “strongly condemn” Israel’s actions in the West Bank and toward the Palestinians.
In their new book Pastels and Pedophiles, cybersecurity expert Dr. Mia Bloom and Dr. Sophia Moskalenko, a psychologist specializing in radicalization, show how much the recent QAnon movement owes to antisemitic tropes and, most notably, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Bloom and Moskalenko are in conversation with journalist Sarah Posner, author of UNHOLY: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump.
This program is part of Moment’s Antisemitism series supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Foundation.
In his latest book, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury, Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, illuminates the forces that have led to the American breakdown. Evan is in conversation with his father, journalist Peter Osnos and author of An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen, about his new book as well as what it means to be a Jew in America today.
It’s been a few days since the House of Representatives voted 420-9 to approve the billion-dollar aid package for replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system, and hopefully emotions have cooled down just enough to allow a more sober look at this political kerfuffle.
The progress of equality is arguably the mainspring of modern political history. Alexis de Tocqueville considered the spread of equality to be the inexorable tendency of Western societies, and the 20th-century wars with Nazism and Communism can be interpreted as struggles over the principle’s validity and scope: Nazism fought to establish racial hierarchy in place of equality, while Communism fought to extend equality to the economic sphere, at least in theory.
Following the tradition of speaking to Jewish communal leaders on the eve of the High Holidays, President Joe Biden made his first such call last Thursday.