Lickona has several times linked to the Maverick Philosopher, and now that blog is near the top of my list (thanks, Matthew!). Last week I linked to an interview by Nat Hentoff from way back in the 1960s … so it’s only right to note how the Maverick Philosopher now has a great post up on The Blackballing of Nat Hentoff:
Nat Hentoff is a civil libertarian and a liberal in an older and respectable sense of the term. He thinks for himself and follows the arguments and evidence where they lead. So what do contemporary politically correct liberals do? They attack him. His coming out against abortion particularly infuriated them.
The Maverick Philosopher also notes how the fourth estate’s shabby treatment of Hentoff runs parallel with the attempt to rehabilitate Helen Thomas (in Playboy, no less!). Unfortunately, the old hag just can’t cooperate:
PLAYBOY: In the wake of your anti-Israel comments, a blogger from The Atlantic argued there’s really no distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. He wrote, “Thomas was fired for saying that the Jews of Israel should move to Europe, where their relatives had been slaughtered in the most devastating act of genocide in history. She believes that once the Jews are evacuated from their ancestral homeland, the world’s only Jewish country should be replaced by what would be the world’s 23rd Arab country. She believes that Palestinians deserve a country of their own but that the Jews are undeserving of a nation-state in their homeland, which has had a continuous Jewish presence for 3,000 years.…”
THOMAS: [Interrupts] Did a Jew write this?
There’s a blogging trifecta if there ever was one: the Maverick Philsopher, Nat Hentoff, and Playboy.
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