Jabotinsky’s Children is a hatchet job, cloaked in a tone of historical objectivity. The “children” are Betar, the youth movement founded by Zionist leader Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotinsky, which boasted some 65,000 members in the 1930s, most of them in Poland. The book’s thesis is that Betar youth, whom the author says Jabotinsky originally viewed with “a mix of pity, disdain and suspicion,” ultimately shaped his world view, making him open to fascist ideas. The author, Daniel Kupfert Heller, an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University, further asserts that Jabotinsky deliberately wrote “provocative and ambiguous prose” to allow “Betar activists to interpret their leader’s writings as they saw fit,” in line with what the author views as their own authoritarian and violence-prone ideology.
America, writes George Mason law professor F.H. Buckley, is rife with corruption. His analysis finds the United States notably more corrupt than similar parliamentary countries. This is quite to the contrary of the framers’ original design of the constitution, which, Buckley argues, was meant to check British corruption. How their vision worked, where it went wrong, and how we could update it for the 21st century is the focus of Buckley’s latest book, The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What We Can Do About It.
A veteran autoworker has launched a new group to encourage reform at his former union.
Terry Bowman, a Ford line worker who spent decades as a dues-paying member of the United Auto Workers union, has long criticized the labor organization for its political activities. He is now attempting to take that criticism nationwide with the group Moving Unions Forward.