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Yet another weird SF fan

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Let My Students Go!

According to Arnold Kling, Jews might have a Moses Complex:

The Exodus Narrative

One of the most basic narratives in Judaism is the Exodus, in which Moses leads the oppressed Hebrew slaves out of the land of Egypt. The Exodus is a movie that is constantly being remade, and not just by Cecil B. DeMille. It is the basis of Marxism and of what I call folk Marxism, both of which were embraced by many Jews.

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On the other hand, there are libertarian/conservative themes that fit with the Exodus narrative. School choice is the most obvious one, but you can think of stopping a single-payer health plan as a matter of “Let my doctors go” and even Walmart controversies can be recast as &Let my customers go.”

Addendum: After reading the comments in TCS, I have to say that this isn't in my Bible.


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