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yosi wrote:It's not bullshit at all. The man doesn't give a shit about other people's sensitivities. There's video of him reducing a college girl to tears in front of a college audience. Whether or not you think he's right (in that particular instance or in general), most people, I think, would consider the manner in which Finkelstein often addresses himself to others to be "dickish."
yosi wrote:I don't get what the point of your last post is. It makes exactly my point. Finkelstein wrote a sensationalist book about holocaust profiteering, off of which he has profitted greatly. There is an irony there.
yosi wrote:Bartov never reversed himself. He never denied that there is holocaust profiteering. He simply thinks that Finkelstein's assertion, that the entire manner in which Jews relate to the holocaust the world over is some sort of conspiracy to extort money and shield Israel from criticism, is a crock of shit.
yosi wrote:You do understand that this was a book review. It's supposed to sum up the reviewers opinion of the book. It's not a legal brief. You can't fault the man for not writing an essay picking apart Finkelstein's book. That's not his job. His job is to write a review.
yosi wrote:"No facts alleged by Finkelstein should be assumed to be really facts, no quotation in his book should be assumed to be accurate, without taking the time to carefully compare his claims with the sources he cites.”
yosi wrote:B, whatever, the girl isn't the point. The point is that Finkelstein is not a nice, caring, person. He treats other people like shit.
yosi wrote:Really? Now you're pretending that Novick's comments aren't a criticism but just a friendly reminder to read critically?
I abridged a little. Here's a more complete version of Novick's quote:
“As concerns particular assertions made by Finkelstein concerning reparations and restitution, and on other matters as well, the appropriate response is …examination of his footnotes. Such an examination reveals that many of those assertions are pure invention. … No facts alleged by Finkelstein should be assumed to be really facts, no quotation in his book should be assumed to be accurate, without taking the time to carefully compare his claims with the sources he cites."
But yeah, you're right, he's just making a general appeal for more critical reading.
yosi wrote:I'm saying that I think he's a dick, and he also happens to be wrong.
yosi wrote:And many scholars have criticized him as a hack. It all depends on who you choose to put your faith in. I will continue to put more faith in the people who don't seem, to me, to be driven by bias, and who are therefore capable of perceiving the complexities and nuances of the world we live in (which is not a quality that I've found in Finkelstein).
yosi wrote:I think he's wrong about many things. I think he's right about a few things as well. It was a general statement.
yosi wrote:What, do you expect me to list every thing he's ever said I disagree/agree with?
yosi wrote:he also happens to be wrong
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