the Goldberg conundrum


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7 Responses

  1. Max says:

    Are you referring to Roth, or Caryl Churchill? Do you consider Churchill’s views on Israel ‘sensible’?Report

  2. Freddie says:

    I’m referring to Goldberg.Report

  3. Max says:

    no, I meant in a line like this: “He’ll just continue to hold largely sensible views on Israel and scold everyone else who does the same”

    who is the everyone else supposed to be? Roth or Churchill? (Or both?)Report

  4. Freddie says:

    Two separate threads of an argument here. One, I don’t think Goldberg holds himself, or the art he likes, to the equivalent standards that he holds Roth. That’s part of a common pattern with Goldberg, where the standards he applies to everyone else are entirely different from the standards he applies to himself.

    I’m then arguing that this is similar to his stance on Israel, where he has fairly progressive views on Israel, and yet absolutely excoriates others who hold similar views– because only Jeff Goldberg has the righteousness or fidelity to Israel necessary to hold them, apparently.

    You’re drawing a connection that neither grammar nor logic requires, and which I didn’t intend.Report