Americans Self-Censoring at Higher Rates Than During McCarthy Era: Jewish Institute for Liberal Values CEO

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David Bernstein, laminitis and CEO of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and writer of “Woke Antisemitism: How a Progressive Ideology Harms Jews,” says “woke” ideology, oregon cancel culture, stops sermon and breeds caller forms of antisemitism.

A large origin of the caller question of prejudice is the fearfulness of being ostracized for opposing the societal justice ideology, which causes astir radical to self-censor, helium said.

“Americans are self-censoring at rates higher than they were during the McCarthy epoch successful the United States,” Bernstein said during a caller interrogation for EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.

The Cato Institute found that 62 percent of Americans person governmental views they are acrophobic to share.

The Foundation for Individual Rights successful Education, successful concern with RealClearEducation, commissioned College Pulse to conduct a survey of implicit 37,000 students astatine 159 colleges, who were asked astir their experiences with escaped code connected their campuses. Eighty percent of students surveyed answered “I self-censor astatine slightest immoderate of the time,” and 66 percent said it is acceptable to outcry idiosyncratic down to forestall them from speaking connected campus.

“The radical who contradict that it happens similar to absorption connected the ‘cancel’ portion of it, but they don’t similar to speech astir the ‘culture’ portion of it,” said Bernstein. “The civilization is highly censorious.”

The radical that adheres to this societal justness civilization maintains that determination are immoderate ideas that are beyond statement and lone 1 mode to recognize societal oregon economical disparities, said Bernstein. In addition, this radical is loud, making it look large.

In reality, it is lone a tiny number of progressives who adhere to this ideology, but they person “disproportionate powerfulness successful the discourse” and are progressive connected societal media, helium said.

Contrary to “woke” ideology, Bernstein said helium believes each ideas should beryllium debated.

“We request ideas to beryllium brought retired successful public, to beryllium subjected to the spotlight, to beryllium scrutinized truthful that we cognize erstwhile we’re wrong,” said Bernstein. At the aforesaid time, “we request radical who are much susceptible of sifting done analyzable ideas and figuring retired what’s legit and what’s not.”

Rigid View of Oppression

Woke ideology holds that ideas similar racism and oppression are not conscionable a idiosyncratic cognition but are built into the cloth of society, and that the oppressed person a motivation authorization and are the lone ones qualified to specify oppression for the society, said Bernstein.

“It’s often weaponized to say, ‘You’re speaking from a spot of privilege if you connection an alternate constituent of view,’” helium said. “It tin beryllium existent that idiosyncratic who has suffered from oppression mightiness person an penetration that the remainder of america should perceive to,” helium said, but it is not the full picture.

As a Jew, Bernstein said helium tin connection 1 important viewpoint astir antisemitism, but that determination are besides information points and different Jews’ acquisition that needs to beryllium considered successful evaluating oppression against Jews, for example.

white privilege A pistillate holds a placard speechmaking “white privilege” during a objection successful Barcelona, Spain, connected June 14, 2020. (Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images)

‘White’ Equals ‘Oppressor’

When progressives accidental that Jews are achromatic oregon Asians are “white-adjacent,” what they mean is that they’ve taken vantage of the achromatic powerfulness operation for their success, helium said.

“We should beryllium capable to look astatine these analyzable societal problems. We cognize that determination are aggregate factors of wherefore immoderate groups bash amended than different groups astatine immoderate fixed time, and that it’s fluid,” helium said.

This ideology attaches white tegument to privilege and power.

Bernstein said it’s “profoundly ridiculous to accidental that conscionable due to the fact that you person what’s considered achromatic skin, that you’re automatically privileged successful each context, and that if you’re black, you’re automatically oppressed successful each context.”

This ideology tin breed resentment from a achromatic person, which “also breeds a benignant of achromatic individuality authorities that tin spell successful the incorrect absorption arsenic well,” helium said.

Epoch Times Photo A protester waves a Black Lives Matter emblem successful Seattle connected Nov. 3, 2020. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

Classic Liberalism

Bernstein’s enactment advocates for a instrumentality to classical liberalism, helium said, successful which radical judge successful the escaped look of ideas and protecting civilian liberties, coupled with politically wide ideas similar separation of religion and state.

Over time, woke ideology took the spot of classical liberalism, and “many liberals became what you mightiness telephone progressives today, radical who judge successful this, successful benignant of, the woke proposition of powerfulness and privilege and the like.” Many classical liberals don’t judge successful escaped look and robust unfastened statement anymore.

“Unfortunately, I don’t deliberation we’re successful a precise steadfast assemblage politic today. … The wide ideas person been benignant of purged from the ranks of the progressives,” helium said.

Bernstein said that engaging successful debate, and arguing opposing ideas, was the bedrock of his family’s classically wide Jewish culture, which is 1 of the reasons helium could not judge “woke” ideology.

“When woke ideology started encroaching successful Jewish life, it was a shock, due to the fact that that to maine was profoundly un-Jewish, that you were present imposing a acceptable of views connected however right-thinking radical should think.”

A cardinal tenant of this ideology claims that racism equals prejudice positive power, which did not marque consciousness to Bernstein, and helium wondered, “does that mean that a radical that’s considered portion of the powerfulness structure, similar Jews, are not susceptible of being victims? Does that mean that marginalized groups can’t beryllium victimizers?”

He has been informing the Jewish assemblage astir the pitfalls of this woke ideology and its propensity toward antisemitism for galore years.

Epoch Times Photo Neighbors stitchery connected Dec. 29, 2019, to amusement the enactment of the community following a stabbing astatine a rabbi’s location during a Hanukkah solemnisation successful Monsey, N.Y. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)

Ideology Has Gone Unchallenged

Bernstein said that helium thinks a batch of mild-mannered, thoughtful radical connected some ends of the governmental spectrum astir apt didn’t instrumentality these “woke” ideological claims precise earnestly the archetypal clip they heard them, and due to the fact that this ideology was allowed to spell unchallenged for truthful long, it took implicit institutions similar universities, government, medicine, and media.

“That’s due to the fact that nary of america wanted to quote-unquote ‘wrestle with a pig,’ we conscionable fto it spell and summation much and much taste powerfulness to the constituent present wherever we can’t adjacent person due discussions with each other,” said Bernstein. “I deliberation galore conscionable haven’t realized however acold they’ve moved successful this direction, and however destructive that is for the American perfect successful their ain champion interests.”

Bernstein draws parallels betwixt woke ideology and different totalitarian ideologies, including successful Nazi Germany and communist societies.

Proponents person replaced people with contention and ethnicity, but different than that, the ideology sounds “exactly the same,” said Bernstein.

“That’s wherefore truthful galore Jews from the erstwhile Soviet Union and different countries that person lived nether existent tyranny, they thin to wince whenever they perceive these platitudes coming from the woke left, and reason it.”

Jews Seen arsenic Oppressors

This ideology conflates occurrence with the oppressor’s role.

“Then Jews, who bash connected mean amended than the mean, are going to beryllium viewed arsenic oppressors. That tin easy beryllium applied to countries arsenic well, and you spot it applied with Israel,” helium said. “It provides the cleanable template for antisemitism to thrive.”

It is not antisemitic to knock the Israeli government, but it is antisemitic to demonize the radical oregon the state and accidental it does not person a close to exist, said Bernstein.

“It’s denying the Jewish radical what you would springiness to astir immoderate different radical with the close to self-determination, and I deliberation that is chiefly an antisemitic movement,” helium said.

This ideology makes Jews interest astir their spot successful American politics, said Bernstein.

“I deliberation galore Jews interest that they’re going to beryllium disenfranchised implicit clip from American authorities if this ideology continues to person its way,” Bernstein said astir antisemitism from the left.

The Boston subdivision of the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” movement—which aims to boycott relation with Israel— initiated a “mapping project” and published the names and addresses of Jewish organizations and their leaders successful the greater Boston area.

“If radical are going to spot the satellite successful these stark ‘oppressed/oppressor’ terms, past it gives support for radicals similar the mapping task to spell and commencement naming radical wherever they live, due to the fact that they’re portion of the oppressive class,” said Bernstein.

Rally In Support Of Israel Held In Times Square Pro-Palestinian protesters look disconnected with a radical of Israel supporters and constabulary successful a convulsive clash successful Times Square connected May 20, 2021 (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Antisemitism Being Institutionalized

This ideology is dispersed done universities, Bernstein said, and a survey by The Heritage Foundation found that the radical moving successful diversity, equity, and inclusion departments astatine 65 colleges and universities posted much antagonistic tweets astir Israel than astir China, said Bernstein.

They are not needfully blatant antisemites, helium said, but it reveals a definite ideological inclination.

“That’s going to play retired successful the mode that they recognize Jews … and I’m disquieted that that’s present being institutionalized successful galore places successful the United States.”

Because Jews mostly person ever stood connected the broadside of civilian liberties and wanting to support quality rights, they person adopted this extremist societal justness model, but Bernstein is asking Jews to reevaluate this ideology.

“I would impulse them to deed the intermission fastener and to deliberate connected these concepts,” said Bernstein. “We tin supply enactment to each other, we tin basal up for our classically wide values, our American values, and we tin basal down this extremism that’s coming from the acold near and besides from the acold right.”

Masooma Haq

Masooma Haq began reporting for The Epoch Times from Pakistan successful 2008. She presently covers a assortment of topics including U.S. government, culture, and entertainment.

Jan Jekielek

Jan Jekielek is simply a elder exertion with The Epoch Times and big of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s vocation has spanned academia, media, and planetary quality rights work. In 2009 helium joined The Epoch Times afloat clip and has served successful a assortment of roles, including arsenic website main editor. He is the shaper of the award-winning Holocaust documentary movie "Finding Manny."