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The Real Scandal Underlying Campus Antisemitism

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss the recent congressional hearings of the presidents of America’s most prestigious universities about the explosion of campus protests. They question whether the charge of hypocrisy is a proper conceptualization of the problem, and propose that it’s the deeper anti-justice worldview that explains the state of campuses today.

Among the topics covered:

  • Background on the president’s answers to Rep. Stefanik’s questions;
  • Why the controversy is not about free speech but the dominant moral standards taught in universities;
  • How campus antisemitism is driven by altruism and its hatred of success;
  • How campus protests are rooted in the anti-justice morality of egalitarianism;
  • The nihilistic parallels between the campus protests and the George Floyd protests;
  • Why the charge of hypocrisy leaves unchallenged the universities’ systemic egalitarianism;
  • How tribalism motivates both political and campus antisemitism.

Mentioned in this podcast are Ghate and Journo’s previous podcast “What Antisemitism Is” and their op-ed “More University Donors Should ‘Go Galt’.”

The podcast was recorded on Dec 13, 2023. Listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Ibis Slade

Ibis Slade is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and a content creator. He focuses on American intellectual and moral history.

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