Yair Lapid and Normless Democracy (Reblogged)

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Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1st century), perhaps a copy of a lost bronze statue made by Lysippos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Yair Lapid and Normless Democracy

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s has stated that a Jewish and democratic state is contradictory. He is correct so far as he goes, but he does not go far enough. For democracy is not only inconsistent with Judaism; it is also inconsistent with Justice, as I shall now explain by distinguishing between “normless” democracy–the only democracy Lapid knows–and “normative” democracy, whose primary virtue is Justice.

Justice is the central theme of Plato’s greatest dialogue, the Republic. The key figure of the Republic is of course Socrates. Socrates was a poor man. Poor men tend to be partisans of democracy. Why? Because democracies usually equate justice with equality. Democracies therefore give the poor the same rights as the rich. Not that Socrates was a partisan of oligarchy. But he saw that democratic equality benefits ignoramuses and villains—and there is no shortage of such people in Israel, even though this besieged country is far superior to any other nation on planet earth! But we were speaking of Socrates.

Socrates was a philosopher, a seeker of truth. Hence he was skeptical about democracy, whose egalitarianism made no distinction between the wise and the unwise, the virtuous and the vicious. Even disloyal individuals may vote in a democracy, as they do in Israel. Can this be truly just?

The answer to this question is so obvious that it is not discussed in the Republic. Even though Athens was a democracy, none of the various definitions of justice discussed in that most subtle and profound dialogue entails the indiscriminate egalitarianism found in contemporary democratic societies, where individuals of hostile beliefs and values enjoy equal political rights—suffice to mention Arab citizens of Israel’s who hate this country and openly support its enemies with impunity. This is “justice,” Israeli style, and we look in vain for a politician or an academic or even a journalist who dares question the injustice of this “Jewish” state of affairs.

Although members of the Athenian assembly were chosen by lot—the most democratic of all systems—still, to be eligible for the lot certain qualifications were required. First, one had to be an Athenian, meaning a person more or less identified with Athenian culture. Second, one had to have performed military service and/or be a tax-payer. In short, one had to be a patriotic or law-abiding citizen and not a mere consumer of “entitlements” so typical of contemporary democracies.

Now, of the various definitions of justice discussed in the Republic, only one conforms to these rational qualifications, namely, that justice means “giving to each his due.” This is a matter of proportionate equality, not of arithmetic (or indiscriminate) equality. The latter yields the democratic principle of one adult/one vote, which renders a person’s intellectual and moral character irrelevant. This is why democracies are ruled not by the wise and the virtuous but by mediocrities, if not worse. Which means that democracy is not the best regime; indeed, it may not even be a truly just regime.

Socrates led Athenian youth to this subversive conclusion. He willingly paid the penalty for undermining their loyalty to Athens in the process of liberating them from their Athenian, i.e. democratic, prejudices. Democratic Athens sentenced him to death.

Well, we don’t give hemlock to philosophers anymore; we ignore them. And no wonder: Philosophy, understood as a passionate love of truth, is dead. Still, what would the “gadfly” of Athens do were he in Israel today? He would surely inquire about justice. Sooner or later some Israeli would say justice is “giving to each his due.” Socrates would probably lead him to a more refined definition, perhaps something like the following:

Justice is giving equal things (such as rights and honors) to equals, and unequal things to unequals in proportion to their inequality, i.e., in proportion to their merit (as is done in classrooms), or in proportion to their contribution to the common good.

Any sensible Israeli—let’s leave Yair Lapid aside—would then see that to give Arabs, who strive for Israel’s demise, the equal political rights of Jews, who struggle for Israel’s welfare, is not consistent with justice—though famously democratic. He would then conclude that if justice is to prevail in Israel, its Arab inhabitants must either be disenfranchised or undergo a profound political and religious metamorphosis.

If Socrates led Israelis to this conclusion he would probably be condemned by Israel’s political and intellectual elites and indicted for “racism” or “incitement.” True, he might point out during his trial that Israeli Arabs are exempt form military service; that they engage in massive tax evasion; that they aid terrorists and commit terrorist acts; hence that it is unjust to endow such disloyal Arabs with the equal rights of Jews.

All this would probably be of no avail at Socrates’ trial. He would almost certainly be convicted and imprisoned, and any appeal to Israel’s egalitarian Supreme Court would be futile. This is quite a commentary on Israel’s political and judicial elites, from whose lips the honeyed word “Democracy” is ever dripping but hardly a word about Justice. There is not a single public figure in Israel that has the courage as well as the wit to tell the truth about the manifest injustice of giving the vote to this country’s hostile Arab inhabitants.

Now we are prepared to go to the root of things. What needs to be said, and what no one dares say in Israel, is that this country was founded injn 1948 on a monumental injustice: giving to Jews and Arabs–to loyal and disloyal inhabitants of Israel–the equal right to vote in this supposed to be Jewish State.

Not Peace but Justice is the true and most fundamental issue in Israel today. In Israel, however, justice has been reduced to a leveling equality, which is why the sense of justice has been murdered in this country. This is why the killers of so many Jews in this country go unpunished. This is why Arabs who have murdered Jews have been released by Israeli governments. This is why various Israeli politicians have clasped the bloodstained hands of Yasser Arafat or of his successor, Mahmoud Abbas.

You will not go to the root of things by explaining their behavior in terms of their desire for “peace.” You will not truly explain their surrender of land for which Jews have so long yearned for, fought for, and bled for, in terms of “American pressure.” No, the suffering and humiliation of Israel today is the inevitable result of the monstrous injustice prescribed in the very Proclamation of the Establishment of the State, that all inhabitants of this State—Jews and Arabs alike—would receive equal political rights. This is not justice but the negation of justice and even of common sense.

This negation has made children of Israel’s rulers. It has made fools of Israel’s intellectuals. It has driven this country to suicidal madness—the prey of Arabs armed by mindless Israelis posing as adults—really adolescents whose bodies have been stretched and molded. All this is described in Isaiah 3:4; 5:20; 28:7, 15-18; 29:9, 14; 44:25. Stupidity aside, it was injustice that led to the Oslo “peace process” and its 15,000 Jewish casualties!

Until Israel’s Government pursues Justice—for starters, by declaring Jewish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria—neither politics nor political analysis will save Israel from recurring disasters resulting from the IDOL of Normless Democracy to which Yair Lapid burns incense.

Startup Nation Critical Canvas

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Startup Nation Critical Canvas

Stephen Darori

Darori Capital with the Darori Foundation have committed have committed time and money to canvass the Israeli Government to open the doors to job opportunities in the Start Up nation of skilled High Tech Head Count who are not Jewish. The Shimon Peres Peace Center in Jaffa have also thrown their brand name in to this canvassing. Unfortunately the Center has new management and are still sorting out the gross mismanagement of the previous 4-5 years and we are niggling at Shimon Peres to make pubic  his support.. he definitely does but also where the cap of the “who is a Jew” issue and the extensive use of “Jew ” and “Jewish” in the Declaration of Independence ( and this is Netanyahu problems as well)  . We are not saying that they should be able in the long run to become citizens ( like Marc Zukerman is pushing in the US)  but rather they should be given long terms opportunities  to work in the Start Up Nation. We realize we are up and at the Concrete Barrier of Precedent and one of the most embedded principles from the Declaration of Independence but  the Innovative Start Up nation are adding startups  in threshold technologies like the Cloud and Bid Data far, far, far faster that the Academia in Israel can possible supply Israel Cloud and Big Data Specialist and capita . We already have Naftali  Bennet in our corner and most of the people that Yair Lapid relies on.   We haven’t got to Lapid yet but that is a no brainer ( sorry about the double pun)  but Lapid is getting an education experience  and while getting hammered in public ratings  is not inhibiting him introducing radical  change or shying away from painful decision making. You have to give him some kudos.. The two most influential Ministers in our corner but not publically as they certainly must wear other caps as well , are  Gideon Sa’ar and Binyamin Netanyahu . Neither of them can say Yay until we have a lot more support but one of the other sponsors  has had multiple conversations with Yaacov Neeman who says that the legislation to allow 10,000 even 100,000 high tech Indian and Berkley and Stanford Grads to come and work in Zion , is relatively easy but the real problem is ironically accommodation in the Mercaz . It is apparently incredibly difficult finding a flat for rental in Tel Aviv now and very expensive..

Until now we have been canvassing in stealth mode but have starting  going to the market  and opening the issue  but walking on egg shells .I expect to have punches thrown at me but not to be kicked in the hmmm

If you really want to understand how severe this problem is . Open a new Facebook account and join all the Israeli Job pages , plus things like Israel Lovers ( very active  and Tel Aviv Secrets etc)  and then watch what happens  especially at its peak on a Saturday night. People  ( very, very many unique Facebookers) post job vacancies in Israel ( largely in the White City of Tel Aviv) at a rate that is so fast , I can’t even read the postings. What happens if you define privacy levels as “avaible to everyone “, every time someone posts , it will with 2 other messages, appear on your screen,. When the 4th message is posted, the oldest of the 3 disappears and it happens so quickly, that no one can possibly read the messages on the screen before they dissappear. Obviously you can on the Facebook page read the message it was posted to. So in this respect , Facebook is now a great disruptive technology in the Recruitment Sector in Zion ( Israel)   .Startups are now recruiting directly through Facebook and 2500 ( personally think  the number is closer to 5000) independent recruiting personnel have effectively been cut out of the picture and quite frankly posting to Facebook is far more efficient and cuts out all the bullshit  of  independent recruiting personnel  “due diligence” screening. The startup themselves are the best  at deciding whether an applicant is a possible match or not. You can’t for, example , theoretically walk into a Big Data position , you will have to go through a learning experience in the beginning and given the high techies shortage in Zion, Big Data companies , are giving recent graduates that learning experience ..

I probably will be at the Cuikerman- Catalyst. I think their position really “sucks” in advocating and recommendation that the resources of Zionist Zion be diverted to the non=Jewish Diaspora  . If for example India, Russia , France even Lithuania ( 17 starts pitched at the DLD Innovation Tel Aviv Summit on the 16th October 2013) have an interesting technology, don’t finance it abroad, displace it to the White City Na Startup Nation and nail the development of the technology in Zion which brings me back to the “Startup Nation Critical Canvas”