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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review Dec. 9, 2005 / 8 Kislev, 5766

False conspiracies poisonous

By Tucker Carlson


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A few days after Hurricane Katrina hit, a couple of my producers and I drove through the Ninth Ward, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New Orleans. While we watched, at least two warehouses burned unattended. There were no firemen in sight, not a single other car on the road. I remember thinking: If there's such a thing as government neglect, this is it. Nobody can stop a hurricane, but it's government's job to try to put out fires. If the firemen don't even bother to show up, what's the point of having a government?


It never occurred to me that the government was allowing the fires to burn on purpose. It had occurred to many of the people who live in the Ninth Ward. One of the first residents we ran into explained that white people had intentionally destroyed the poor parts of New Orleans, in an attempt to kill off or drive out the black population. He didn't explain which white people were doing this, or why they would want to. Apparently he assumed we already knew.


Even at the time, I was certain I'd hear about this conspiracy again. I was right. Days later, Louis Farrakhan publicly alleged that the federal government had blown up the city's levy system. He offered no proof, though he did supply a motive: The government was trying to kill black people. Amazingly, a number of well-known figures, including movie director Spike Lee, seemed to agree with Farrakhan, or at least give him the benefit of the doubt.


On Wednesday night, I interviewed a woman named Dyan French Cole. Cole is one of the New Orleans residents who testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the government response to Katrina. At the hearings, Cole repeated Farrakhan's claims that the levies were blown up by racist bureaucrats. Unlike, Farrakhan (who's smart enough to have ironic distance from his own demagoguery) Cole seemed to sincerely believe it.


The saddest part is, almost no one stood up to correct her. Instead, the usual collection of leftwing intellectuals made excuses for her conspiracy theories. As the august Harvard professor Alvin Pouissant explained to NBC, "If you're angry and you've been discriminated against, then your mind is open to many ideas about persecution, abandonment, feelings of rejection."


Strictly speaking, this is true. But it doesn't make the claim that white people blew up the levies any less crazy. Or for that matter, any less harmful. Theories like this stoke race hatred. They also make life more difficult for the people who believe them. It's one thing to believe in genocidal conspiracies if you're Louis Farrakhan or Spike Lee or a Harvard professor with tenure. Nobody's going to round you up and send you to a concentration camp. You know that for sure. But if you're living on $12,000 a year in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, you may not be so certain.


False theories like this terrorize you, make you suspicious and angry. In the end they make your life less happy. Not that anyone at Harvard cares.


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