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Excellent points. One additional consideration: there is hope in the abolishment of social welfare. Migration to Western democracies often occurs not for the opportunity to do anything, but for the opportunity to do nothing, sustained by government support. This system can undermine social connection and cohesion, as it eliminates the necessity to engage with others productively. More capitalism, on the other hand, requires individuals to interact with diverse groups, fostering a broader understanding of the world. This engagement can counteract hostility toward Westerners and Jews, and shift the focus from resentment to a constructive pursuit of success within Western societies. Capitalism is not only about the economy; it's about national security.

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"Hope lies with education"

If that were true then there would be no anti-Semitism in Austria, one of the wealthiest and best educated country in Europe. Yet Austria twice elected a known Nazi who took part in the Holocaust, Kurt Waldheim, as president.

The root cause is a much baser human instinct: the need to feel powerful over your fellows, the feeling of strength in being part of a mob chasing a Jewish student on campus.

The true hope is not education but self-defense, when Jews and Gentiles react to this with rage rather than withdrawal. When what we call today "acts of antisemitism" become known as acts of suicide, antisemitism will come to an end. We saw the beginning in London, when counter-protestors chased a pro-Hamas mob away from a theater screening pro- Israel films.

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Your comments are not usually friendly, but they give me so much to think about. Sincerely--I thank you.

To the point: It is just obviously true that our most expensively educated classes tend to be the most hostile. It's sad. But it's true.

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Jun 5·edited Jun 5

Thank you!

I was very moved by your book "Infidel" and have followed your work since. It's an honor for me!

What has shocked me most from Oct 7 was the vicious anti-Semitism that was revealed, with people gloating openly over the atrocities and ripping posters of kidnapped children. It's different from the genteel anti-Semitism of the 1950s, when Jews were not admitted to clubs or schools or partnerships, but no more.

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Jun 3Liked by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Thanks for this. Archive-diving is unrewarding work, but so necessary! I hope people see this comment, so I'm replying.

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Superlative analysis, Thank you Naya! I'd just add, the Palestinian movement metastasizing across US & Europe was birthed from three toxic ideologies: Not only Islamism & Communism, but also a large dose of Naziism - and unlike Europe, Palestinian culture never was de-Nazified. See: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-the-keffiyeh-became-the-21st-centurys-swastika/

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Jun 1Liked by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Very well said. Freedom is not free and, without any life-affirming purpose, will be used by the worst to destroy the rest.

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Terrific article, Naya. I wish everyone could read this. I believe the red-green alliance, along with the degradation of Western values is the greatest threat to the free world.

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It would be helpful to provide a link to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' study on the red-green alliance. I've searched their site and can find no obvious candidate for that study. Thanks in advance.

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It would be helpful to provide a link to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' study on the red-green alliance. I've searched their site and can find no obvious candidate for that study. Thanks in advance.

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