The History of Loyalty

By Michael Kimmage

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Kimmel cautions against using the language of the Cold War to talk about the current political situation. The dilemma of American Jewish loyalty to Israel might seem to recall the loyalty battles and loyalty oaths of the early 1950s: To what degree is dissent allowed and to what degree must loyalty be compelled? What happens when loyalties collide with one another?

But this is not the case, and one cannot draw historical analogies between the early 1950s McCarthyite era and the present moment; to do so would, in fact, emphasize a vivid set of ideological and geopolitical differences. To evaluate the logic of political controversy in present-day America, it is best to use a present-day vocabulary and to consign Cold War vocabulary to the fading history of the Cold War.

Topic: Political Behavior, History, Language, Communism, Politics, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 17-18

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kimmage, Michael. The History of Loyalty. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 17-18.


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