In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bari Weiss about her book How to Fight anti-Semitism. They discuss the three different strands of anti-Semitism (rightwing, leftwing, and Islamic), the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the difference between anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, “Great Replacement Theory,” the populist response to globalization, the history of anti-Semitism in the U.S., criticisms of Israel, the fate of Jews in Western Europe, and other topics.
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If you’re a white, able bodied tall man that looks like [...] John Hamm you’re at the top of the food chain [...] what intersectionality does is it reverses that case system. It says that the John Hamms of the world are at the bottom [...]
Interestingly, this is not at all what we observe as a result of the ideology gaining ground in western societies and being (partially) implemented, because, I think, it includes also the very racist and sexist idea that the privilege of the John Hamm types can be compensated for by punishing other people of the white and or male identity groups, even if those may not be leading privileged lives at all. In this way the John Hamm types seem to actually be beneficiaries of this ideology, to some extent, because some of the vitriol they would otherwise receive for their privilege is instead redirected and distributed over the whole identity groups as long as they publicly agree with the ideological orthodoxy. This also explains why the John Hamm types generally tend to at least publicly be supporters of this type of ideology, which would seem unlikely if they were actually the main targets of it and truly felt its negative impact.
[...] because the ideal of this country is the idea that our civilization is open to anyone who wants to adhere to the ideas of it.
It seems disingenuous to me to bring this up as an argument against anti immigration sentiments on the right without also acknowledging that there is no actual such screening currently in place and that a significant portion of recent mass migration into western countries consists of people who do not in fact agree with the liberal ideals of those countries.