On The Posner Show, Sarah and Sarah discuss the ad placed in the New York Times by the Emergency Committee for Israel claiming that prominent liberal think tanks are “anti-Israel.” There has been an effort on the right to discredit these liberal organizations and by extension Obama and the Democratic Party. But what else does the conflict say about the state of discussion among American Jews about Israel—and the controversial term “Israel firster”? Is rational debate about these issues on Twitter impossible? Plus: Wildman’s recent piece about the web magazine 972, and whether it is changing the face of the Israeli left.
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Glenn Loury explains how academia could benefit from more flexible measures of merit. Plus: Is there a downside to social uplift?
Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why Trump’s DACA repeal is a no-win situation for Republicans. Plus: Should Trump’s wall be a deal breaker?
Aryeh Cohen-Wade and actress Zandy Hartig speculate on Trump’s mental and physical constitution. Plus: Coping with Trump.
Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv