Monthly Archives: June 2005

Hipsters and Anti-Semitism

Zeek, a magazine on Jewish thought and culture, features a great article on Hipsters and the rise of anti-Semitism. The connections they draw are deft–and, from my experience, true. Along with the fetishization of all things Middle Eastern among members of the youth counter-culture as a reaction to 9-11, the New Cool Left has adopted an very clear line of anti-Zionism sometimes straight out of the propaganda books. For them, criticizing Israel has nothing to do with actual concrete policies, but with Israel’s very existence–what would be unthinkable if applied to any other people, especially to Palestinians.
Best quote from the piece is the conclusion:

To end on a hopeful note, the turnaround from hipsterdom to mainstream is about five years (see bellbottoms and nose rings). This means that antisemitism will be back in vogue amongst the suburban masses before the end of this decade, and hence, anathema to the hipster, who will once again love Jews.

Hope we won’t have to wait that long.

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Long Time No Write

I’m not going to make any excuses. I’ve been graduated and away. I just want to point out that I hope to be making renovations to this site soon to make it readable by Firefox, and that it might take some time. So sorry if you’re coming to this site and have nothing new to read.

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