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What Antisemitism Is

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss the recent rise of antisemitism. They analyze why the conventional view of religious or racial animus is insufficient in explaining the explosion of overt hatred, how Ayn Rand’s identification of “hatred of the good for being the good” exposes the true nature of modern antisemitism, and what is needed to rationally combat it.

Among the topics covered:

  • Why today’s antisemitism can’t be understood in religious or racial terms;
  • The anti-effort mentality driving the hatred towards Israel;
  • The antisemitic hostility against Israel’s culture of achievement;
  • How Islamic totalitarianism and tribalism rationalize their hatred of Israel;
  • How DEI’s egalitarian philosophy enables antisemitism;
  • The role of religious tribalism in fueling antisemitic prejudice;
  • The long-term educational vision needed to uproot antisemitism.

Mentioned in this podcast are Journo’s book What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Journo and Ghate’s op-ed “More University Donors Should ‘Go Galt,’” and Ayn Rand’s essays “Global Balkanization,” “The Age of Envy,” and “An Untitled Letter.”

The podcast was recorded on Nov 21, 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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