Archive by Author: Michael Walzer

Don’t Be ‘Useful Idiots’ for BDS

By Michael Walzer

This is a followup to “Summer of Defeats for Academic BDS.” This short talk was my contribution to the debate at the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association which defeated a proposal for boycotting Israeli institutions of higher learning:           I was glad to hear from a speaker earlier this evening […]

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The Two Lefts: Debating Divestment at Princeton

By Michael Walzer

Remarks by Professor Michael Walzer at a panel discussion on April 16th addressing a divestment resolution pending at Princeton.  The resolution ultimately was defeated with 2,032 students voting, 52.5% against and 47.5% in favor. *** I am on this panel because I live on the left–and quarrel with (some of) my neighbors, as I will […]

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Islamism and the Left

By Michael Walzer

In the three and a half decades since the Iranian revolution, I have been watching my friends and neighbors (and distant neighbors) on the left struggling to understand—or avoid understanding—the revival of religion in what is now called a “post-secular” age. Long ago, we looked forward to “the disenchantment of the world”—we believed that the […]

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The State of Righteousness

By Michael Walzer

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post and appears with permission of the author. I have been a Zionist ever since the year of my bar mitzvah, 1948, when I sought out every possible piece of news (that was available in Johnstown, Pa.) about Israel’s war of independence and covered my school notebooks with […]

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