In writing about the unspeakable mass atrocities targeting the Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China, I’m reminded of the words of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and conscience of humanity, that “silence in the face of evil is complicity with evil itself”—and that, as he would remind us again and again, “Indifference always means coming down on the side of the victimizer, never on the side of the victim.”
“The incitement and rhetoric did not come from all sides. In Israel, incitement reads from right to left.”
Cookbook author Joan Nathan in conversation with Moment Editor-in-Chief Nadine Epstein about her Jewish food adventures in Italy, France, Morocco, Israel, Vietnam and beyond.
The title of her new book is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. It retells the history of American racism from slavery to segregation, from everyday indignities to the use of lethal force. Throughout, she strives to write not of whites and Blacks, but of the majority caste and the minority caste.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of evidence that the U.S. response to the pandemic was disappointing because the government was too small.”
In the previous issue, Moment asked whether arguments for small government are still possible at a time of pandemic and massive government intervention. Russell Roberts said yes; Harold Meyerson said no. Here, they respond to each other’s arguments.