The problem with Morris’s thesis is his argument that democracy has never taken root in Palestine.
Despite the vocal complaints from Smiley et al, the Black Intelligentsia are not standing at soup kitchens or awaiting food stamps to feed their families.
Honorary degrees are routinely given to commencement speakers to show respect for the speaker, but not in this case.
Instead of favoring liberal scholars such as Jennifer Rothschild, Wilson has aroused a debate by justifying certain conservative arguments.
Do we want to create lots of private economic wealth, or are we actually trying to get at a measure of social wealth as embodied in parks, orchestras, clean transport, libraries, schools?
“The broad intellectual framework that justified the New Deal has been replaced by a much more market-oriented approach, and a new philosophy has not yet emerged.”
Obama’s victory does not translate well into a Golden Age because it’s an open secret that people of color, including African-Americans, will suffer horribly during this economic blight, for example.
“So, uh, Luke was tellin’ me that you had scored, like, tons and tons of American dollars and you were lending them back to us for Treasury Bonds? Yeah, what’s up with that? No, I mean, it’s, you know, it’s fine.”
You’ve seen them, the glossy cards with some absurdly hot girl dancing beside some text. These cards invariably have some pants-wettingly cool way of saying that you can be 18 to party, but you have to be 21 to drink.
This is a review of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation by Saree Makdisi. W. W. Norton. 2008.