Tuesday, January 30, 2007
you got it all wrong, no you got it all wrong:
Perhaps you remember this classic Logic 101 fallacy:
1. All men are mortal
2. Socrates is mortal
3. Therefore, Socrates is a man.
Now, turn your attention to Alvin H. Rosenfeld's new essay for the American Jewish Committee, 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semetism:
The Israel that emerges in Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers -- a country characterized as "amoral," "barbaric," "brutal," "destructive," "fascistic," "oppressive," "racist," "sordid," and "uncivilized" -- is indistinguishable from the despised country regularly denounced by the most impassioned anti-semites.
I'm going to spend the rest of my night watching Veronica Mars, so more on this vile essay later.

UPDATE: This post has been corrected. Initially, I erroneously wrote that David Harris, who wrote the introduction, wrote the whole essay. My apologies.
--Spencer Ackerman
Speaking of bad arguments, a friend of mine wrote me this little note earlier today:

Veronica Mars is for people who are emotionally immature. You don't have to laugh, think, or be touched at all. It's entertaining, but not great.

You know how you feel when you come across an argument that is so ridiculous you can offer no rational response? Yeah, that's kind of how I feel.
Blogger jhupp | 7:20 PM

David Harris only wrote the foreword, the rest of the piece, including the part you link to, is by Alvin H. Rosenfeld. The rest of your post is quite correct.
Blogger washerdreyer | 10:03 PM