Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Prof. Volokh Tells It Like It Is

To wit:
So, yeah, we're Jews. Yeah, we're overrepresented on university faculties, in law and medicine, in the Senate, on the Supreme Court. Speaking of Nazis, we were overrepresented on the Manhattan Project, too.

The most powerful country in the world, America, is one of the ones that has been most open to Jews. Look at the most anti-Semitic countries in recent history: Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, the Arab world. Right up there at the forefront of civilization and power, aren't they? Is it all the workings of The Conspiracy? Or is it just that the sorts of idiots who hate Jews do other idiotic things, too?

Thanks, Professor. (He links to the neo-Nazi online discussion group that prompted this. They sound pretty nasty; I had to keep reminding myself that, yes, this is America, and free speech applies to them too. But free speech doesn't include inciting to riot, or implicitly calling for criminal actions against semi-public figures.)

Standing up to these poisonous jerks can be unsettling in the extreme. (Don't speak to a Jew about the fear of the mob or "ghetto mentality"; we invented ghetto mentality, and for damn good reason.) Prof. Volokh is to be congratulated for standing his ground. As he says:
I regret that this has gotten my colleagues involved in all this, but this is America and I'm not going to be nice to Nazis to try to get them to go away.

(hat tip: Instapundit. Sometimes it just seems that the entire blogosphere is composed of law professors.)


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