Antisemitism and the Inconvenience of Collective Identity
Yehuda Kurtzer
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The problem with “feel obligated to the safety and insecurity of those others” is that those others are sometimes being attacked legitimately, and acting for their safety and security means denying their legitimate wrongdoing. If an anti-vaxxer is feeling unsafe and insecure because their children are being barred from schools and communal gatherings, do we feel obligated to their safety and insecurity when they insist they are being persecuted by the forces of big medicine and big pharma? Do we support them by insisting that vaccinations not be compulsory? You must know that defenders of such wrongdoing routinely recast arguments against them as personal attacks precisely to take advantage of this feeling of community obligation, so that the inconveniently truthful arguments themselves need not be addressed.