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The Big Ideas: « Why Fiction Trumps Truth »

Commentary on an article by Yuval Noah Harari (Published in the New York Times on May 24th 2019) (The article is reproduced after my commentary below.) Foreword: My commentary was initially written in French based on the translation published in the Belgian newspaper “La Libre Belgique” on September 14th. Having subsequently read the original, I was surprised that the English Title “Why Fiction Trumps Truth” had been replaced by a loose reference to the author’s first § “Le mythe réconfortant de la vérité” (the comforting myth of the Truth). This has led me to change the first two § of the English version hereunder but does not, however, change the basis of my further comments. ————— Reading this opinion piece…

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The scourge of antisemitism is partly based on the ambiguity of the concept.

Jews are not welcome here! The resurgence of antisemitism has manifested itself recently through two emblematic occurrences: the verbal aggression of Alain Finkielkraut during a protest march of the “Yellow Jackets” in Paris and the resignation of several British Labor Members of Parliament. Unfortunately, these represent only the visible part of the iceberg which saw, in France alone in 2018, an increase of 74% of reported anti-Semitic incidents. What strikes me in particular are the findings of an IFOP poll according to which, alongside the extremes which either condone or condemn unreservedly antisemitism, the great majority of the population (60%) appears totally indifferent or, expressed otherwise, most citizens consider themselves not to be concerned. How is it possible, a mere…

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