YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

January 29, 2015

“Bibi” and the human nature debate

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 3:06 am

With Bibi Netanyahu becoming more and more controversial, I thought that this blog would clarify why his enemies are out to get him. It is modernity versus the Middle Ages, all over again.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

CNT poster 1937

Recent historians are acknowledging that the transition from pre-capitalist societies to capitalist societies is prolonged, tempestuous, and violent.  At the bottom of all the fights between political factions in our country (the U.S.), can be discerned sharp differences over the precise content of “human nature.”

For instance, in David Horowitz’s recent book Radicals (2012), he concludes that progress (linked by him to utopianism and perfectionism) is a leftist/fascist illusion; that human nature is evil, and the best we can expect in the route to amelioration is “compromise.” He thus marks himself as a moderate man, and is aligned with some of the figures most criticized on my website, notwithstanding DH’s strong support for Israel and opposition to jihadist Muslims. (For instance, Harvard Magazine is promoting “The Case for Compromise” in its Summer 2012 issue.)

This last week I carefully read George Orwell’s famous work Homage to Catalonia (1938). It…

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