Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:09:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://movsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/mov-soc-icon.png Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ 32 32 Evangelicals battle ‘critical race theory’ in new online video course https://movsoc.org/evangelicals-battle-critical-race-theory-in-new-online-video-course/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/evangelicals-battle-critical-race-theory-in-new-online-video-course/

In the right-wing crusade against “critical race theory,” there is a job for everyone: movement intellectuals and keyboard warriors, school board brawlers and politicians – from Congress to governors’ mansions to the new class of local right-wing bureaucrats eager to link student test scores to faculty demographics. It is therefore not surprising that there is also a role for church people.

This week, Focus on the Family – James Dobson’s right-wing Christian ministry, with nearly 900 staff, its own postcode and an estimated global audience of 200 million – did its part, asking its subscribers to sign up for free. in line Classes teach parents how to “empower” their families to “cope with CRT”.

The course consists of five videos, hosted by FOF Vice President of Parenting and Youth Danny Huerta, speaking with a handful of evangelical leaders: Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution; John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview; and Carol Swain, co-author of the 2021 book”Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory Burns Down the House.”

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After each video, viewers are directed, like a textbook, to a series of additional tasks. First, ponder selected Bible verses (“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free…”) Second, consider a series of falsely neutral discussion prompts: “How do you think critical theory of race creates confusion, especially in children?? “What’s dangerous about people seeing themselves as victims or using shame and moral manipulation to get what they want? Or, more blatantly, “After watching this video course, do you have a better understanding of critical race theory and how it contradicts the truth of God’s Word?”

Overall, it’s a softer approach than most of the talk around the CRT last year – framed more as a public service announcement than threats to overthrow the local school board, perhaps. be with violence, which proliferated last summer and fall. But the message is largely the same, as Huerta and his guests cover a number of religious but familiar critiques: CRT “places what it means to be human solely in the context of race”; “God created only one race: the human race”; any white child who balks at being called an oppressor is “plac[ing] a target on themselves” (an accusation illustrated in the videos by a photo of a white boy being manhandled by two black boys); and the promise that “America’s victorious struggle with its imperfections” concerning racial equality reflects the gospel message of redemption.

But some larger themes of the videos highlight how conservative evangelical institutions grapple with debates about race today. First, there is the fundamental presumption that racism is real, but a matter of individual sin. Second, the idea that critical race theory is not only incorrect, but constitutes an alternative, “destructive” and “twisted” worldview, contrary to that which Christians should follow.

“The idea of ​​racism as an individual sin is a hallmark of evangelicalism,” said Anthea Butler, chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Religion and author of the 2021 book “White Evangelical Racism.” In the book, she clarifies, “Sin for evangelicals is always personal, not corporate, and God is always available to forgive deserving individuals, especially if they are white men. The sin of racism can also be swept away by an event. or a confession. Evangelicals rarely admit a need for restitution.

In November, Swain made that point when she spoke at the National Conservatism Scholarly Conference in Florida that brought together several hundred right-wing intellectuals. As one of the few non-white speakers, Swain called the CRT not only “un-American” but also “anti-Christian,” lamenting that a number “of churches that see themselves as awakened” adopted him. Among them, she said, was her own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, which has 16 million members, which was wracked last June by a bitter crisis, potentially schismatic debate on whether to adopt a resolution condemning the CRT.

“We have so many awakened members of [the SBC]. And when I think of Southern Baptists, the main thing I remember is apology after apology after apology — for slavery, for even existing,” Swain said, referring to the actions the denomination, founded in origin to defend the right to own slaves, has taken in recent decades to acknowledge its turbulent history. “And what that tells me is that the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention don’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross once for our past, present and future sins. Racism is a sin. apologize.”


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As pastor and teacher Andre E. Johnson wrote Last spring’s evangelical attacks on the CRT predate the current struggle, widely attributed to the Manhattan Institute’s sole principal investigator, Christopher Rufo. Evangelical heavyweights like John MacArthur have condemned the idea that “postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching”.

“[B]By the time Rufo began learning how to manipulate the CRT for political gain, white evangelicals in churches across the country were already laying the groundwork,” Johnson wrote.[I]In the hands of white evangelicals, the CRT is not just an academic theory, it is a worldly ideology of evil that believers should oppose. So, for better or for worse, those of us who teach CRT and intersectionality will now have to deal with those who would bring our assumptions of faith to the classroom.”

One of the chief complaints of the anti-CRT faction of Southern Baptists, said Daniel Eppley, a religious studies professor at Thiel College who has been following this debate, is that the CRT is “redefining” racism as something other than ” personal animosity towards others based on race.”

“In their view, racism is just thinking badly of another person because of their race,” Eppley said. “If you can look into your heart and honestly say, ‘I don’t think badly of people because of their race’, then you’re not part of the racism problem. That is, neither does structural racism. It’s very similar to how a former fundamentalist evangelical leader, Bob Jones Sr., presented his opposition to desegregation in the 1960s. denied seeing one race as inferior to another, but he thought the races should be kept separate. So his solution to racism was basically, “Love your black neighbour,” even though he is convinced, based on his reading of this particular passage from the Bible, that segregation is God’s will.”

In the end, Southern Baptists voted for a resolution which did not specifically call out the CRT but disavowed “any theory or worldview that finds the ultimate identity of human beings in ethnicity or any other group dynamic”.

The term “worldview” was also repeatedly invoked in FOF’s Anti-CRT Lessons, such as in a post-video discussion prompt: “Why Is Critical Race Theory Really a Worldview Problem?” world ? »

This language is ubiquitous in modern conservative American Christianity, as American journalist and historian of religion Molly Worthen has said. observed. In the evangelical realm, Christian media promise to inculcate or reinforce a “biblical worldview.” Christian universities display the term on the side of campus buildings. Young people from the evangelical movement attend “Worldview Weekend” conferences without sleeping.

In its most basic and bona fide definition, according to Jacob Alan Cook, a professor at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity and author of the 2021 book “Worldview Theory, Whiteness, and the Future of Evangelical Faith“, the concept of a biblical worldview goes like this: “If the Bible is what we say it is, then we should be able to logically extend its truths to encompass the most important things, and most moral questions should have a logical connection to the core of that thing we believe in. In reality, he continued, “worldview theory” carries with it a lot of “extra-biblical” baggage that has been merged with conservative evangelical doctrine, making things like capitalism, nationalism Christian or, in decades past, segregation, seem to be matters of faith.

What that amounts to, Cook said, is an evangelical way of saying, “Everyone has an ideology, but we have the truth.” In this context, it becomes “really difficult to challenge these things from within” faith, he observes, where a biblical worldview can function as “alternative facts” or a closed epistemological door.

This is exactly the message expressed by Focus on the Family’s Huerta, telling viewers: “Let’s not enter this discussion on CRT out of fear, but boldly: we have the word of God and this is the answer. to that.”

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Sinema speaks out against filibuster reform after House sends voting rights bill to Senate – live | USA News https://movsoc.org/sinema-speaks-out-against-filibuster-reform-after-house-sends-voting-rights-bill-to-senate-live-usa-news/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:56:32 +0000 https://movsoc.org/sinema-speaks-out-against-filibuster-reform-after-house-sends-voting-rights-bill-to-senate-live-usa-news/

Kirsten Sinema has indicated – or simply confirmed — that the push by Democrats to change Senate rules to allow voting rights legislation to pass is indeed doomed.

In a speech to the Senate delivered shortly before Joe Biden was supposed to arrive on Capitol Hill to try to force the debate, the Arizona senator noted“While I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that aggravate the underlying disease of division that infects our country.”

Those separate actions would involve abolishing or changing the filibuster, the minority-empowering rule by setting a 60-vote threshold for most laws.

The Senate is split 50-50 and controlled by Democrats through the Vice President, Kamala Harris. Democratic senators represent far more voters than Republican senators, a point often made by supporters of filibuster reform.

Democrats favoring the change also point out that federal legislation is needed to counter Republican attempts to restrict voting among minorities who tend to favor Democrats, through restrictive state-level laws.

Voter suppression laws are also in question, as Republicans who support that of Donald Trump big lie on election fraud seek to install allies in key positions and facilitate the cancellation of election results.

Nevertheless, Sinema and his moderate comrades Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, have remained staunchly opposed to filibuster reform — even though both support some form of protection for the federal franchise.

They fear the ramifications of filibuster reform if and when Republicans regain the chamber, which could well happen later this year. Some observers suggest this is naive, as Republicans under Mitch McConnell, a man who has made constitutional hardball an art form, might just blast the filibuster himself.

Anyway, without Sinema and Manchin, all efforts on the issue of Biden and the majority leader, chuck schumer of New York, are doomed to failure.

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Canada’s Conservative establishment braces for another battle to privatize public health care https://movsoc.org/canadas-conservative-establishment-braces-for-another-battle-to-privatize-public-health-care/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:16:06 +0000 https://movsoc.org/canadas-conservative-establishment-braces-for-another-battle-to-privatize-public-health-care/

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Ready or not, they’re coming

Another debate on the further privatization of Canada’s public health care system looms on the horizon, according to the highest voices on the right.

Like Canada’s health care system, already underfunded after decades of right-wing austerity cutsCOVID-19 pressure loops and omicron wave pushes hospital capacities to their limits, several right-wing pundits, think tanks, and newspapers all coincidentally started sending the same message:

Privatize health care.

Over the weekend, the editorial staff of the right National post delved into the issue by proposing that Canada’s “shaky health care system” could be solved with the snap of a finger if Canadians “end our unnecessary aversion to allowing private sector involvement in health care.”

“We cannot expect the problems the pandemic has exposed to be resolved by throwing money at the problem while going about business as usual,” the editorial explained. “We need political parties from all walks of life to be open to embracing fundamental changes in health care in Canada, and this must include a greater role for the private sector. “

Fortunately for the National Post, other right-wing voices were already busy preparing the ground for this message days earlier.

On January 8, longtime conservative insider Ken Boessenkool caught fire on Twitter after suggesting private healthcare delivery could be a “silver lining” for the pandemic.

“It will be much harder to flout public health care provided by the private sector after millions of Canadians get vaccinated at a pharmacy,” Boessenkool tweeted, adding that it could be “a silver lining. of this pandemic “.

Former Stephen Harper adviser and chief of staff to former British Columbia Liberal premier Christy Clark did not respond as well as might have been expected.

“Want to be aggressively attacked (some say ‘intimidated’) by left-wing health fanatics? Boessenkool complained in a follow-up tweet.

“Step 1: Describe how health care works in Canada. Step 2: Say it should continue.

Boessenkool is not the only right-wing voice to advance in a debate on the privatization of Canada’s public health care system.

This view was also recently expressed by the CD Howe Institute, a think tank on right-wing, business-friendly public policy – including Boessenkool also happens to be a comrade.

In one open letter to the “ministers of health of Canada” published in two parts days earlier on the CD Howe website, Don Drummond and Duncan sinclair wrote that the Canada Health Act, which provides the framework for universal health care, is failing and argues for more private delivery:

“Medicare, our label for Canada’s cherished healthcare system, fails … Accept the adage that the role of the physician is to prevent disease when possible and treat it when necessary,” Excluding preventive services from coverage, whether by physicians or other health care providers, does not make sense.

Drummond, a former TD Bank economist, previously headed a commission under the Ontario Liberals of Dalton McGuinty who advocated new austerity cuts in public services – including cuts to Ontario’s health care system.

CD Howe’s report follows a blog post by The Hub, an online publication that counts a number of Harper and Kenney alumni as contributors.

Sean Speer, former senior adviser to Stephen Harper and director of policy at the Fraser Institute, also blamed Canada’s public system in an article titled: “In 2022, Can We Finally Be Honest About The Failures In Our Health Systems?” “

In it, Speer laments the broad public support for universal health care.

“It’s not just that we have collectively decided to ban most forms of private health care delivery in the misguided pursuit of egalitarian goals,” Speer wrote. “This is because we have apparently extended the ban to political and political debates about our current health care system and its shortcomings.”

Speer, like others who have started talking about this issue over the past week, calls for “a greater role in the provision of private health care.”

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Opinion: Even Canadians fear America’s democracy will end soon https://movsoc.org/opinion-even-canadians-fear-americas-democracy-will-end-soon/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 01:48:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/opinion-even-canadians-fear-americas-democracy-will-end-soon/ Marche is not the only Canadian worried about the future of its neighbor to the south. Just days before the publication of The March book, political scientist Thomas Homer-Dixon – the executive director of the Cascade Institute, which focuses on ways to deal with threats to society – wrote a powerful editorial in Canada’s Globe and Mail which begins with a similar warning. “By 2025, America’s democracy could crumble, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence,” Homer-Dixon writes. “By 2030, if not sooner,” he adds, “the country could be ruled by a right-wing dictatorship.”

As Americans, our first instinct when someone outside of the United States says something critical of our nation is often to dismiss the comment (or poke fun at their country; be honest. !). In this case, however, neither Marche nor Homer-Dixon wrote their words to demean America or to make Canadians feel better about their country.

In fact, as Marche explained on my SiriusXM Radio Show last week, it’s the opposite: Marche wrote his book because he “loves” the United States after having worked and lived within its borders for years. His hope, he says, is to warn Americans of the direction the nation is heading before it’s too late.

In the case of Homer-Dixon, the warning is even more disturbing because the chronicle is directed not to Americans but to fellow Canadians, to prepare them for what could happen to them if America’s democracy collapses. Homer-Dixon bluntly warns his compatriots: “A terrible storm is coming from the south, and Canada is woefully unprepared.

When Canadians begin to advise each other on the threat to American democracy, you know we are in dire straits. It is not about scoring political points; rather, it emanates from a place of genuine concern for their own nation.

It’s a sobering reminder that if our democratic republic comes to an end it will have ramifications not just for our nation but for the world – from strengthening autocratic leaders, such as those former President Donald Trump praised, to the weakening of Western democracies.

Homer-Dixon’s words carry real weight: as he puts it, for over 40 years he has studied the causes of war, revolution and social collapse. “Today,” he wrote to his compatriots, “as I watch the crisis unfold in the United States, I see a political and social landscape flashing with warning signals.”

To those who might view his premonitions as exaggerated, Homer-Dixon adds, “We shouldn’t rule out these possibilities just because they seem ridiculous or too horrible to imagine. In 2014, the suggestion that Donald Trump would become president would also have struck almost everyone as absurd. “(Point taken with that one!)

This violent conflict specialist sheds light on the range of factors that currently plague the United States and contribute to the vulnerability of our institutions, from growing income inequality to the demographic change that has prompted some “right-wing ideologues” to stoke. “Fears that traditional American culture will be erased. and the Whites are “replaced”. (Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has long peddled this “replacement theory” – though he denied that he did – and he was rightly denounced. And at least one other GOP elected official, Representative Matt Gaetz, joined him, claiming Democrats are “importing new voters” from other countries. Like at Carlson, Gaetz insisted his opinions had nothing to do with race.)
Homer-Dixon even believes that using the “F word” – fascism – to describe the state of the GOP is correct, citing point of view by the Canadian-American conservative David Frum: “Trumpism increasingly resembles European fascism in its contempt for the rule of law and the glorification of violence. I couldn’t agree more.

But what really touches me is Homer-Dixon’s assessment that the ‘underlying’ of our policy ‘is a vital set of beliefs and values’, and’ if a sufficiently substantial fraction of a population no longer holds those beliefs and values, then democracy cannot survive. ”

This is the revelation America is still waiting for
Alarmingly, a recent NPR / Ipsos survey found that two-thirds of Republicans agreed with the blatantly false statement that “voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election.” Less than half of Republicans, according to the poll, agree they are prepared to accept the proven election results.
How can we have a functioning democratic republic when one party apparently believes that only the elections it wins are “legitimate”? The fact that so many Republicans reject the 2020 election results was probably part of the motivation behind this memorable line from President Joe Biden’s speech a year after the January 6 bombing: “You can’t love your country only when you win. “

For Homer-Dixon, it all comes down to one crucial question for his country: How can Canadians prepare for the worst? On the one hand, he said, “We must begin by fully recognizing the extent of the danger.” He continues: “If Mr. Trump is re-elected” and usheres in an authoritarian right-wing regime, “the risks to our country in their cumulative effect could easily be existential, far greater than any in the history of our federation.

For example, he theorizes, “What happens … if prominent political refugees fleeing persecution arrive in our country and the American regime demands them return.” Are we obeying?

Biden just threw down the gauntlet of democracy

To prepare for this kind of possible scenario, he implores the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to “immediately convene” a committee made up of representatives of the various political parties in the government which “should receive regular intelligence analyzes and meetings. information from Canadian experts on political and social issues. developments in the United States and their implications for democratic failure there. ”

There has been a lot of talk lately by US leaders about the threat posed to our democracy by today’s GOP. Former President Jimmy Carter wrote an editorial for the New York Times titled “I Fear For Our Democracy,” raising concerns that since the January 6 attack, “promoters of the stolen election lie have taken over a political party and stoked mistrust of our electoral systems “.

But there is something deeply compelling about reading the words of skinless Canadians in the game of American politics to offer such blunt words and warnings about the red flags they see.

As Marche details in his book, there are Americans who have a “desperate faith in the institutions of their country which is almost tantamount to delusion.” These Canadians are warning us to free ourselves from these illusions and understand instead that “it” can happen here – with “it” ranging from fascism to a civil war that would collapse our democracy – and to grasp that reality beforehand. let it be too late.

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Annual survey: public confidence in institutions, satisfaction with the state of the country https://movsoc.org/annual-survey-public-confidence-in-institutions-satisfaction-with-the-state-of-the-country/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:06:41 +0000 https://movsoc.org/annual-survey-public-confidence-in-institutions-satisfaction-with-the-state-of-the-country/

With Israel adopting a national budget for the first time in two years, putting an end to recurring coalition collapses and repeated elections, confidence in the government has increased only slightly, but overall confidence in the government has risen only slightly. State institutions remain weak, according to an annual survey released Thursday by Israel. Institute of Democracy.

For Arab Israelis, who generally distrust state institutions more than Jewish Israelis, a significant increase in their trust in government, political parties and the Knesset has been seen, with the coalition now including for the first time in decades a Arab party.

The report was delivered in person to President Isaac Herzog by the President of the Israel Democracy Institute, Yohanan Plesner, and Professor Tamar Hermann, director of the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at IDI.

It was divided into four main themes: democratic values, the legal system, trust and general satisfaction.

The annual report, in its 19th edition, revealed “a complex picture regarding the level of public confidence in key institutions and officials, confidence in the country’s civil service and the overall strength of Israeli democracy,” said the IDI in a press release.

According to previous surveys, the Israel Defense Forces have the highest level of public trust, despite falling from 90% in 2019 to 78% in 2021, the lowest level since 2008.

Illustration: Israeli combat soldiers take part in an exercise in northern Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)

The President of Israel was second highest in the trust rankings with 58%, similar to the 56% recorded in 2020.

Despite occupying third place, only a minority trusts the Supreme Court, whose positive rating rose from 42% in 2020 to 41% by 2021.

Israel’s police were in fourth place with 33.5%, up from 41% in 2020; the media were at 25%, up from 32% the previous year; and at the bottom of the list were the Knesset with 21% and political parties with 10%.

Countering an overall downward trend among institutions, the government gained a few percentage points, reaching 27% from 25% in 2020.

Arab Israelis tend to trust state institutions and officials less than their Jewish counterparts. However, levels of trust in the Arab community have increased since last year, with the Supreme Court at 49%, down from 40% in 2020. The president has also gained trust, to 41% from 31%, as has the Israeli army with 36%. against 32% in the 2020 survey.

Political parties have enjoyed greater confidence among Arab respondents, at 22% this year compared to 14% in 2020. The Knesset also gained points, up to 25% from 17.5% last year.

The government, which for the first time in decades now includes an Arab party, has won the confidence of Arab Israelis, dropping from 14% in 2020 to 28% in the recent poll. However, the police slipped from 26% to 22% and the media from 36% to 32%.

MK Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist party Ra’am, speaks during a plenary session in the Knesset meeting room in Jerusalem, January 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

The survey asked respondents about six proposals relating to the decentralization of power, amending the country’s basic quasi-constitutional laws and representation in Knesset elections.

He revealed that 67% of Israelis are in favor of transferring more power from government ministries to local authorities. The survey found that 57% of Israelis trust their local leaders, a relatively high figure that has remained stable over time, according to the IDI.

More than 51% supported the idea of ​​regional representation in Knesset elections.

Trust in local authorities was much higher among Jewish citizens (62%) than among Arabs (32%). However, while the percentage of Jews was similar to the 63% recorded in the previous year’s survey, among Arab Israelis there was a marked drop from 48% in the 2020 poll. The IDI has suggested this was due to dissatisfaction with the way local Arab authorities handled the COVID-19 pandemic and “severe violence in localities with large Arab populations.”

Illustration: An Arab Israeli votes in the Knesset elections on April 9, 2019, at a polling station in the northern city of Tayibe. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP)

As for the legal system, the survey found that 56% believe the Supreme Court should have the power to overturn Knesset laws that contradict democratic principles. This showed that there has been a slight increase in the issue over the past decade, as in 2010 support for this power was only 52.5%.

While a clear majority of 70% of secular Israelis supported the idea, a minority of national clerics (22%) and only 17% of ultra-Orthodox agreed. Overall, there was strong support among the Arab population (74%) but only a slim 52% majority among Jews.

A majority of those who identify as left (56%) or center (41%) in their political views think the Supreme Court currently has the right amount of power, while most on the right (57%) think that she has too much control.

A similar picture has emerged based on religious perspectives, with a majority of secular Israelis holding the Supreme Court having the right amount of power while 76% of ultra-Orthodox and 70% of national clerics see it as excessive.

Only a minority of Israelis, 48% on the left and 32% in the center, believe that Supreme Court justices make decisions without being influenced by their personal political opinions, while 51% of those on the right believe that personal opinions have an effect.

Illustration: Supreme Court justices arrive for a hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on February 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

While 80% on the left and 53% in the center don’t think the court is intervening more than it should, on the right 69% say it is doing too much.

The poll identified distrust on the part of many Israelis of the political right and the ultra-Orthodox community, who believe that judges are appointed on the basis of political considerations.

“The selection of judges in Israel is seen by much of the public as a process in which political considerations play a major role,” IDI said.

This is an opinion shared by 87% of ultra-Orthodox and 77% of national religious Jews, while less than half (46.5%) of secular Jews shared this opinion.

Respondents were also asked whether judges were under political pressure – but not whether they succumb to it – and overall three-quarters said they believed the pressure was present.

In addition, a majority on the right and in the center considers that the legal system is biased in its management of elected officials with 52% agreeing that the political affiliation of elected officials influences the way they are treated. It is a point of view most strongly supported by the right (63%) and by a minority of those from the center (39%) and the left (29%).

There was a similar divide between political perspectives on the issue of corruption in the justice system, with those on the left (73%) and center (52%) feeling that the system “is not all or only slightly corrupt. corrupt ”while 61% of those on the right think he is“ somewhat corrupt or very corrupt ”.

The perception of possible bias has spread to the prosecution, with 63% of people on the left believing that the office acts “only or mainly” for professional considerations, a view shared by 47% of people at the center. However, on the right, 63% are of the opposite opinion, considering the public prosecutor as acting “mainly or solely on political considerations”.

Finally, the IDI looked at general satisfaction, finding that less than a third of Israelis (33% of Jews, 25% of Arabs) think Israel’s situation is “good” or “very good” , the lowest rating in a decade.

However, 63% said they were optimistic about its future (67% Jews and 42% Arabs). Among the Jewish population, 84% are proud to be Israeli, while there has been a sharp decline in the Arab population – only 27.5% compared to 50% in 2018.

Overall, however, 76% of Jews and 66% of Arabs consider Israel a good place to live. Most Jews (70%) and Arabs (81%) would prefer to stay in the country even if they promised them the nationality of another Western country.

Illustration: Israelis enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv on a hot summer day, July 6, 2021 (Miriam Alster / Flash90)

The survey presented respondents with seven attributes about what makes a “real Israeli” and identified wide gaps between Jewish and Arab Israelis.

Serving in the IDF – a predominantly Jewish vocation – was considered important by 83% of Jews, but only 16% of Arabs.

Being Jewish was supported by 73% of Jews but only 12% of Arabs, while acceptance of the definition of Israel as “a Jewish and democratic state” was supported by 85% of Jews and 33% of Arabs.

When asked which societal tensions were most serious, 46% of survey respondents cited those between Jews and Arabs, making it the most supported opinion. This marked a big increase from 2020, when only 28% supported the suggestion. However, this is a view shared by more Arabs (64%) than Jews (42.5%).

The gap between right and left, which had occupied the first place in recent years, has fallen to second place with 32%.

Almost half of Jews (42%) believe that Jewish citizens should have more rights than non-Jewish citizens, compared with only 27% who shared this view in 2018. The figure was higher among those who self-identify as being on the right (57%). while only 28% of those in the center and 5% of those on the left agreed.

The public was very concerned about the stability of the democratic regime, with 44% of Jewish Israelis and 75% of Arabs seeing it as threatened.

The IDI noted that Israel also fell in the ranking of most international indicators on political rights, civil liberties and press freedom compared to the average scores of 2010-2019.

The internet and telephone survey was conducted from June 15 to 24 and October 24 to 27, 2021 by the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion. It sampled 1,004 men and women in Hebrew and 184 in Arabic. The sample error was + -2.9%

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Three reasons Bukayo Saka would never leave Arsenal for Liverpool https://movsoc.org/three-reasons-bukayo-saka-would-never-leave-arsenal-for-liverpool/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:32:48 +0000 https://movsoc.org/three-reasons-bukayo-saka-would-never-leave-arsenal-for-liverpool/ Bukayo Saka is not leaving Arsenal for Liverpool. Not in a million years, says @ laythy29

It must be that time of year again.

You know, in this day and age when people start talking about player moves that are just never going to happen.

Otherwise known as the January transfer window.

The final “story” is actually a complete non-story, more tied to wishful thinking on Merseyside than any concrete evidence from anywhere, let alone the player involved.

I’m talking about the absurdity of “Bukyao Saka in Liverpool”.

It must simply be a coincidence that this complete and utter non-story has surfaced ahead of the upcoming League Cup semi-final clash between Arsenal and Liverpool. Is not it ?

And it must also surely be a coincidence that the world-class Saka are linked with Liverpool at the start of the ‘silly season’ of transfer rumors without any foundation or credibility whatsoever. Is not it ?

However, let’s get one thing clear at the start of this window: Saka, our Saka, our wonderful Saka, is not going anywhere. End of the story.

He won’t be leaving the club this month. He won’t be leaving the club at the end of this season. He will not be leaving the club during his current lucrative contract.

And if Arsenal do their job right, they won’t be leaving at any point in the next five years. Everything else you read is just plain incorrect on this point.

Here are three reasons why Saka will not leave Arsenal for Liverpol:

1) He’s one of us.

I’ve seen Saka flourish from U18s to U21s to U23s to the first team – and quite simply, Saka is a Gooner through and through. Why on earth would he leave his childhood club for somewhere else when he is loved as he is in North London?

Anyone who saw him play for the academy knew he was a special talent – even though his stellar upward trajectory over the past two years has been absolutely amazing. So why put this progress in jeopardy by moving to a club where he would probably not be a regular holder, thus hampering his progress, his momentum and his career. Which brings us to our next point.

2) Arteta is building something special at Arsenal

Many smart Gooners who know the club have compared this team’s current progress to the 1986/87 season. Which means Arteta is heading for a title tilt over the next couple of years.

If you know your history at Arsenal, you’ll know that under the astute George Graham – whose first job when he took office was to wipe out a toxic culture fueled by lazy, underachieving cliques satisfied with repeated underperformance – did exactly that.

“Gorgeous Geroge” was so successful at removing the has-been and never would be, its young and vibrant side – made up mostly of local guys who were hungry to do well for the badge, the club, each other and the fans. – won the league three years later. At Anfield of all places. If you know, you know.

So why the hell would Saka want to leave the friends and colleagues he grew up with? Why would he want to quit Arteta’s exciting project, abandoning buddies like Emile Smith Rowe and Gabi Martinelli, not to mention the core of what could be an exceptional team in the future, just for a change of scenery?

3) Where would he play in Liverpool?

It is said that Saka’s style would suit Liverpool’s style of play. Yes of course. He’s a world-class player. But if you look closely, what would be his best position at Anfield?

Saka has played in many positions for Arsenal over the years, from left-back and left midfielder to right-back and right midfielder, as Arteta sought to find his perfect position. Which, judging by his performances this season, has to be in midfield.

I covered Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and it was instructive to note that their captain and trophy-laden leader Jordan Henderson played down the right side of a three-way midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation, flanked alongside Fabinho in the middle.

Henderson is still only 31 years old and is at the peak of his power. He’s not going anywhere. So if Saka wanted to play wide on the right, he would have to dislodge the Liverpool captain and Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man. A difficult request, even for Saka. And he certainly wouldn’t want to be sitting on his bench while he tries to do it.

Ok, so what about Liverpool’s right-back or right-back? Three words: Trent Alexander Arnold. For my money, one of the best attacking full-backs in world football. Good luck with Saka dislodging his English colleague on this one.

So what about further ahead on the right. Well that’s where my Player of the Season Mo Salah lives. So no luck there then.

What about the broad left? No one other than Sadio Mane plays in this position. And this top talent will go anywhere anytime soon, unless Saka feels like replacing him while the Senegal international is out for CAN this month.

So where would Saka fit in at Klopp’s Liverpool?

You tell me…

In the meantime, take the story for what it is: utter, utter nonsense of the January transfer window.

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America’s Democracy Has Its Hands Full This Year https://movsoc.org/americas-democracy-has-its-hands-full-this-year/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 14:02:46 +0000 https://movsoc.org/americas-democracy-has-its-hands-full-this-year/

This New Year has its work cut out for it. 2021 recklessly postponed to 2022 a set of crucial unanswered questions that make it difficult to tell whether America’s glass is half full or half empty. The next 12 months are indeed loaded with starting to provide answers.

At present, the biggest socio-economic trends are exceptionally resistant to any common orientation, in turn leaving the political outlook in an unpredictable limbo.

For example, is the coronavirus pandemic growing out of control or is it instead becoming a manageable part of normal life? It really depends on where you live and how you look at it.

The Omicron variant appears to be spreading much faster than the Delta strain which dominated 2021. As a result, cases in many parts of the United States are approaching or exceeding record levels.

This is the bad news. The very good news is that the symptoms seem much milder. More importantly, as President Joe Biden rightly insists, in terms of hospitalizations, it is now largely “an epidemic of the unvaccinated.”

Hospitalizations and deaths are mostly concentrated in the unvaccinated population. Many people who have been vaccinated test positive and often feel sick, but usually in a manageable way. He’s a huge game changer.

Republicans complain Biden has failed to contain the pandemic, but many of them are among the main hurdles

Yet the situation is much more critical in Republican-dominated states where governors and other leaders have encouraged, defended, and even – in at least five US states – financially rewarded for refusing vaccines by extending unemployment benefits to those who do. have lost their jobs because they do not comply with mandatory vaccinations. The intensive care units are overflowing. Patients with other illnesses are now dying because unvaccinated, and therefore largely preventable, Covid-19 cases have consumed existing intensive care beds.

Republicans angrily complain that Mr Biden has failed to contain the pandemic, even though many of them are among the main obstacles to vaccination and mitigation. In much of the rest of the country, the new variant is a challenge that suggests that if vaccines are adopted, the coronavirus may well become an integrated and manageable part of normal life.

The coronavirus cup therefore seems at least half full.

The economy, too, is subject to radically divergent perceptions. Most indicators point to a really robust, arguably roaring recovery. However, inflation continues to erode the purchasing power of most people and create significant and politically powerful anxieties. Again, who and where you are can dictate how you view the depth of the national economic sink.

2022 will likely clarify whether the U.S. economy is rebounding in a way that is felt throughout society. And the big triage between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations on vulnerability to coronavirus should become much more evident, giving Americans a clear choice as to whether they want to remain voluntarily at the mercy of Covid-19.

The political questions that are indeed the corollaries of these ambiguous, or at least contested socio-economic trends and perceptions, are considerably more substantial this year than usual.

The future of American democracy will not be decided in 2022. But the year ahead will tell us a lot about the direction of the Republican Party, which is at the center of efforts to undermine the constitutional system, to consolidate a growing pattern. clearly undemocratic minority regime. and possibly lead the country towards explicit forms of authoritarianism.

The ability of former President Donald Trump, who introduced these undemocratic impulses into American politics, to continue to lead the Republican Party is extremely uncertain.

His hold on the feelings and loyalty of the party base remains unmatched. But he’s obsessed with calling the 2020 election into question and repeatedly repeats baseless and completely debunked lies about how it was allegedly stolen from him by massive fraud.

Most recently, he announced a press conference on Jan.6 on the anniversary of the violent insurgency he instigated to try to prevent Congress from ratifying the 2020 election results. He apparently has intending to regurgitate once again the ridiculous account that he was deceived. Mr. Trump is so obsessed with this illusion that it appears to be his litmus test for supporting Republican Congressional candidates in November’s midterm.

Other party leaders clearly understand that neither he nor anyone else can win the White House in 2024 based on completely discredited fabrications of 2020. Yet they seem to have found no way to dislodge the party from his position. hold.

Even that might not slow the GOP’s descent into ever deeper right-wing extremism. The tip of Republican fanaticism now appears independent of Mr. Trump, with many politicians seeking to outbid each other in rhetorical militancy and incitement to violence.

2022 will say a lot about the strength of the institutions and safeguards designed to control efforts to exploit systemic loopholes and weaknesses in the U.S. constitutional system. The evaporation of the requisite civic virtue appears to have significantly impoverished the American democratic glass.

In the coming year, Senate Democrats must find a way to pass a national election and vote protection law. Otherwise, Republican state-level initiatives to restrict voting and undermine fair election supervision will go dangerously uncontrolled.

The past year has shown that while the attack on democracy by many Republicans supporting Trump was a serious threat, opposition from other Republicans, including state officials and even judges appointed by Trump, thwarted the attempt to create a constitutional crisis in an attempt to keep him in office despite his defeat.

Despite continued efforts to oust or disempower conscientious Republican officials, this points to a venerable American Democratic chalice that is still at least a quarter full. There is clearly a nagging feeling among mainstream Republicans, and even some Trump supporters, that democratic norms and traditions are worth upholding, despite what sense their party may lose.

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Even though the pandemic and the economic outlook undeniably brightens over the next eight months, a beaker three-quarters full does not guarantee Democrats a successful mid-term outcome. It is possible, and even probable, that between historical trends, party weaknesses and Republican partisan gerrymandering and vote suppression, they suffer a significant defeat anyway.

But if they can get either electoral protection legislation or some form of increased social spending, let alone both, as I have already explained in these pages, they will find themselves in a strong position to retain the power. White House in 2024.

The prognosis of American democracy will not be made in 2022, but the general trajectory will become clearer. And the pandemic and the economic outlook is unlikely to be as bleak in 2023 as it is now.

2022 doesn’t look like it’s about to introduce anything drastically new to the American scene – although the unexpected is still around the corner. But the New Year will have its hands full to clarify these murky and contested, yet vital realities bequeathed by 2021.

Posted: Jan 2, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

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How Japan sees China | The Economist https://movsoc.org/how-japan-sees-china-the-economist/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:51:51 +0000 https://movsoc.org/how-japan-sees-china-the-economist/