A Balkanized Imagination versus Zealous Uniformity

by Phyllis Chesler

Well, as they say, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Try to help others, indeed, devote your life to doing so and you will inevitably find yourself attacked, especially by the people on your own side.

No big deal. Read the Torah. It happened to Moses too; he had to get out of Egypt in a hurry lest the Jewish slaves turn him right in to Pharaoh.

And thus, I have recently been on the receiving end of quite a bit of nastiness from both the political left and the political right. At their best, both groups seem to share a capacity for viciousness and vulgarity that is quite uncompromising. Makes my life an exercise in irony, one both tragic and hilarious.

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