Local author’s book explores underpinnings of Holocaust

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Anne Phyllis Pinzow

David Gold, co-author of “Why Should I Care?”
“Ethnic cleansing has been used throughout history as an excuse to preserve or create a cleaner, healthier, safer, stronger or purer way of life.

Good people must get rid of those who are not really people and using derogatory names is the first step in dehumanizing others. It’s the first step on a horrific road that makes extermination okay, because “they” are different, and the rules and rights attributed to “human beings” don’t need to apply to them.”

Jeanette Friedman and David Gold, in their new book “Why Should I Care?: Lessons From The Holocaust” (The Wordsmithy, LLC 2009) discuss how this type of thinking dehumanizes everyone and how this thought process can and often leads to the final step, because killing the “other” is not murder, it’s the right thing to do.

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Addict Nation: An Intervention for America’ CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell takes issue with our obsessions. An interview with the author.

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MNN.COM Tue, May 17 2011 at 7:16 AM EST

By Jeanette Friedman

Jane Velez-Mitchell is happiest in the service of humanity and the animal kingdom. Right now it means warning Americans that we are addicted to stuff, porn, violence, crime, celebrity, putting people in jail, junk food, all kinds of drugs, alcohol and the Internet — even cleanliness — reminding us that extremes are not good for individuals or the planet as a whole.

Velez-Mitchell hosts the advocacy show “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on CNN’s HLN. A crime reporter and “issues” person since her youth, she covered the Michael Jackson trial like a blanket.

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Can We Talk? A 2003 interview with Douglas Rushkoff that still pertains

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By Kenneth Applebaum with an intro by Jeanette Friedman


The Jerusalem Report called him an atheist because he is an iconoclast, but then, the writer who was so supremely critical of this young, 42-year old deep thinker, Douglas Rushkoff, obviously doesn’t understand the second of the Ten Commandments. Jews are the original iconoclasts. That’s why everyone else hates them—for that and providing the world with the rest of the Ten Commandments. But people don’t get it. Douglas Rushkoff, author of Nothing Sacred, does get Judaism, very, very well. And because he does, more and more institutional Jews and Jewish institutions see him as a threat to their well-being.

Why? Because he asks good, hard questions and understands that we might not like what happens when we get the answers. And as anyone who ever read or saw Yentl knows, you are judged by the questions you ask. Many of us know from our own Hebrew School and Yeshiva experiences that we really aren’t supposed to ask questions, because a: our teachers (rabbis) might not have the answers or b: they don’t want you to know the answers, c: they are afraid of the answers. It seems they want to be the exclusive holders of the supreme knowledge and interpretation of the Torah.


CGI: How a global effort encourages local action

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TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2010 15:43




About a week before I covered the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, I read the galley proofs for Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff. Rushkoff has written lots of books about how our lives are affected by computers and marketing, corporations and the media, and he’s invented words we now use all the time. But instead of just re-writing the material from Wikipedia, you can read all about him here. His new book focuses on how computers and smartphones have changed our lives and what we have to do to make those tools work for us, so that we aren’t used by them.

But in a more subtle way, it is also about weapons of mass distraction — if we are all distracted by all the things we are doing on our computers and phones, we will be too busy to notice how America has fallen by the wayside. We may not realize until it’s too late that we have turned ourselves into a nation of ignoramuses — and it is just one of the issues Rushkoff talks about, issues that were significantly related to issues addressed last week at CGI.