There is no more stereotyped group than New York City Jewish Intellectuals. It brings to mind Woody Allen riffing on his Jewish girlfriend’s upbringing in Annie Hall:
You, you, you’re like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y’know, strike-oriented kind of, Red Diaper.
This demographic is as entrenched on the Left as anyone can be. So when they start questioning their allegiance to “the Left” something’s definitely “happenin’ here.”
Liel Leibovitz writes for Tablet Magazine which describes itself as “a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.” In her article called
She describes how a lifelong and sincere believer in the Left found herself betrayed by the Left on almost every principle she believed in.
“You don’t get to be “against the rich” if the richest people in the country fund your party in order to preserve their government-sponsored monopolies. You are not “a supporter of free speech” if you oppose free speech for people who disagree with you. You are not “for the people” if you pit most of them against each other based on the color of their skin, or force them out of their jobs because of personal choices related to their bodies. You are not “serious about economic inequality” when you happily order from Amazon without caring much for the devastating impact your purchases have on the small businesses that increasingly are either subjugated by Jeff Bezos’ behemoth or crushed by it altogether. You are not “for science” if you refuse to consider hypotheses that don’t conform to your political convictions and then try to ban critical thought and inquiry from the internet. You are not an “anti-racist” if you label—and sort!—people by race. You are not “against conformism” when you scare people out of voicing dissenting opinions.”
So, just another data point. Cognitive dissonance can break through even an intellectual’s disregard for reality.