He's self-corrupted as both an American and a white man. OK, maybe the point is that he isn't a white man.Wouldn't your skin crawl? Wouldn't you be justified in suspecting me of the worst form of bigotry? Wouldn't you suspect I'd be the kind of guy to call someone a "n****r lover" or a "race traitor"?
And, if I said of a Jew that he was not only "self-corrupted" but "animated by greed," wouldn't Abe Foxman be right in roundly criticizing me for "summon(ing) up classic stereotypes that Jews are greedy, money-grubbing and morally deficient"?
I agree. It's despicable.
Why then is it OK when Marty Peretz does those things? I am not Jewish, but I'm really interested in understanding the rules of debate here, because Peretz's writing seems slimy to me. Am I alone in that?