American Radical

Monday, August 03, 2009

D. D. Guttenplan looks at the life of I. F. Stone, America's most celebrated investigative reporter. In American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone, he shows that Stone's achievements throughout his career grew out of the passion of his political beliefs and the radical faith he had in American democracy.


D. D. Guttenplan

Comments [14]

Peter from Sunset Park

Why does a religious group need a country?

Good question Darius, ask Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt... But you don't - you ask only about Israel - that is anti-Semitic.

WNYC is censoring my posts, so sad sweeties.

Aug. 03 2009 01:37 PM
MW from Manhattan

One thing is certain is that Israel , (which ALWAYS seems to come up in these things) is not going away. We cant undo that. That would be cruel or as cruel as the Israeli occupations. I mean there is just too much economic, military and political "stuff" you can get away with if you have your own nation state. Most people have no idea of what you can do when you have a country. On the other hand the Palestinians ...since they did not LEAVE the middle east to find fame , fortune, and pogroms OUTSIDE of those lands ... THEY are entitled to the lands that they were on when this all started . The Bible is not MY history book so please dont use it as a proof of land entitlement. Of course it would favor it's authors.

Aug. 03 2009 01:35 PM
Darius from Prospect Heights

"should be"
MW — Thanks for the book title

Aug. 03 2009 01:32 PM
mozo from nyc

MW -- Thank you!

Aug. 03 2009 01:29 PM
Darius from Prospect Heights

Why does a religious group need a country?

And I'm with MW, America is colonial occupation and should've been returned. Not MW's wording, of course, but the sentiment is congruent.

Aug. 03 2009 01:28 PM
MW from Manhattan

The Hidden History of the Korean War
also read Bruce Cummings The origins of the Korean war its great ! and a scholarly source.

Aug. 03 2009 01:26 PM
MW from Manhattan

A lot of people's deserve a country.
Not all are able to have one. Sometimes they have to make do with what they have. In the course of history numerous peoples have had nations and lost them. Since we are restoring lost nations ......
As a native American I would like to have my country BACK!

Aug. 03 2009 01:21 PM
mozo from nyc

MW -- what is the name of that book? Thanks!

Aug. 03 2009 01:18 PM
MW from Manhattan

Stone's book on the origins of the Korean war was enlightning. Most American's do not know enough about that period of history when the Japanese were vacating their 60 year long harsh Korean occupation. Leftists and communists in Korea were the "boots on the ground" in a resistance against the Japanese that brought about the establishment of the People's Republic of Korea in 1949, a nation that the US did not recognize and together with the reintroduction of right wing and collaborationist establishment in Korea brought into being the essential problems on the Korean peninsula to this day and the forces in Korean politics both left and right , north and south.

Aug. 03 2009 01:11 PM
mozo from nyc

You can be self-critical and not be self-loathing. Just a thought.

Aug. 03 2009 01:11 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

Hey Darius,

I agree with you, this topic is so interesting that you (and I) couldn't wait to post on it.

Stone was both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. Stone held Jews to a different standard then everyone else - that is anti-Semitic. For example, Stone accepted that many countries kicked Jews out and were run under Muslim law, yet he felt that the only religious group in the world not deserving of a country were Jews. Stone was both a self-hating Jews and an anti-Semite.

Aug. 03 2009 01:03 PM
Darius from Prospect Heights

Wow. This is really silly consider "Peter" probably hasn't read Guttenplan's book or seem to know anything about I.F. Stone. Stone was not "anti-Israel" btw. He was against the exclusion of Palestinians from any new state in the region.

Folks couldn't even wait until the interview began.

Aug. 03 2009 12:39 PM
Gerald Fnord from Laguna

It is not anti-Jewish to be against things some Jews do, not because we are Jews but because we are human, and which no-one should do. Rather, it is keeping up the side: if we had been capable of shaming the Kristols and Feith and Wolfowitz into decency, we'd have been spared both Iraq and the possibility, however slim, of Palin's attaining the Presidency---though Cheney and Bush, who at base hate everything Jewish, probably would have found a way to avenge/humble GHWB anyway.

Rule: all minority groups must police themselves, less the Outsiders use some schandeh as an excuse for their own, lamentable, prejudice---which they may still have, but let's don't make it easy for them....

Aug. 03 2009 11:10 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

James Michener wrote that I.F. Stone is "palpably anti-Zionist, probably anti-Israel, and potentially anti-Jewish." You call I.F. Stone passionate, I call him a self hating Jew.

Have a nice day sweeties.

Aug. 03 2009 10:37 AM

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