Category Archives: Activism

The New Partisan Says Farewell (at least for now)

It has been a little more than a year since a friend and I started The New Partisan. What was intended as a blog written from a left-liberal, critical perspective about current affairs and political theory transformed into an extended … Continue reading

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Everyone is talking about Naftali Bennett. Again.

I realize I’m a little late to the game on this (I just got back to the US) but I wanted to just note here that this past week the American Jewish establishment did the unthinkable: it criticized a prominent … Continue reading

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Between Hiloni Freedom and Fortress Jewry (originally posted at Diyun blog)

[This post was written for the Diyun blog’s series of installments on gap year experiences] In Hebrew the word for secular, חילוני, shares the root of the word חלון, or window. In Israel, to be secular is to open the … Continue reading

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Does loving Jabotinsky make you a fascist? (a response to JPost Op-Ed)

Last week, the Jerusalem Post published an Op-Ed in which the author, who proudly announces his affiliation to the Betar Revisionist Zionist Movement, criticizes the protest by All That’s Left (an anti-occupation collective I am a member of) that interrupted … Continue reading

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Pictures from the Social Protest – May 11, 2013

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Taking a gap year between high school and college, I found myself going back to school

I. Taking a gap year between high school and college, I found myself going back to school. It was an unbearably humid day early this past fall. The walk there was hotter than I thought it would be. Puddles from … Continue reading

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The Republicans aren’t the party in crisis: the Democrats are.

As the media and pundits begin to process the results of last night’s election, the consensus is that the Republican Party is in crisis. It pandered too far to white people and religious conservatives. It alienated Hispanics with it’s hardline … Continue reading

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We’ve known for a while that capitalism is depressing, but now we know it isn’t just hurting us: it’s hurting our kids, too.

Volunteering with the children of migrant workers, I get to see the human side of the grinding, global capitalist engine – the unceasing movement of labor and capital and the power of creative destruction. In Israel, the boom in the … Continue reading

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First Post from Israel: On the Plane, then Off the Plane

Forget Birthright: you don’t need to actually send young Jews to Israel. Just have them sit on a plane – it doesn’t necessarily need to go  anywhere – and tell them it’s destined for Ben Gurion Airport. Make them sit … Continue reading

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May Day Reflections

By Josh Leifer (This post was originally written one week after the May 1 General Strike.) Union Square was packed. Aging Maoists, reformist liberals, and the occasional steampunk-looking person stood shoulder to shoulder under a sun that had grown progressively … Continue reading

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