Earlier this week I finally received the first issue of The Objective Standard (TOS). The issue clearly represents a new milestone in Objectivist publications in every aspect. First it seems by far to be the largest Objectivist periodical publication ever -- over 120 pages in the first issue. Second, while I would have preferred a color other than red (I like the blue on the web page -- why didn't they use that? Red has too many bad connotations-- but I digress), the issue has a highly professional look and feel. Third, the content is excellent. In particular, the Brook/Epstein article on “Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense finally lays out in print and in detail the full critique of present war effort.
If one thinks the American political scene is depressing, perhaps a look abroad will demonstrate that it could always be worse.
As presumably everyone knows by now, elections were recently held in Israel. Here are the official results per the Jerusalem Post.
The first 12 parties on this list -- those with more than 2% of the vote -- will get proportional representation is Israel's 120 member parliament (the "Knesset") -- see this helpful Q&A. For some details on what the parties stand for see here.
The 12 parties can be more or less divided into four blocks: Religious, Right-Wing, Left-Wing, Arab
Religious (ultra-orthodox -- "haredi") -- 14.1%
- Shas (run by "Sephardi" Rabbies, i.e., with ethnic origins in Muslim countries)
- United Torah Judaism (run by "Ashkenazi" Rabbies, i.e., with ethnic origins in European countries)
Right-Wing -- 24.9%
- Israel Beitenu
- NU/NRP (also religious)
Left-Wing -- 36.5 %
- Gil (party promising to address Senior citizen's issues -- imagine an AARP party)
- United Arab List
And so, they experiment with compromise, unilateralism, enriching their enemies, and other schemes. But as Douglas MacArthur observed, "In war, there is no substitute for victory." The Oslo diplomacy ended in dismal failure and so will all the other schemes that avoid the hard work of winning. Israelis eventually must gird themselves to resuming the difficult, bitter, long, and expensive effort needed to convince the Palestinians and others that their dream of eliminating Israel is defunct.
Should Israelis fail to achieve this, then Israel itself will be defunct.