By Tsvi Bisk. Israel and Korea: This article has been published in The Korean Quarterly and in The Seoul Times Introduction: Individuals have difficulty living a meaningful life without some kind of personal vision of the future, and their place in it. This is also true of nations. The need for a vision that infuses life with transcendent meaning is even more essential once all the physical necessities of survival have been achieved – this is a truism that reflects Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
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By Tsvi Bisk. The technological revolution gives us an opportunity to view questions of social justice differently. One example pertains to the handicapped. We now see them as needy unfortunates; objects of social and humanitarian concern rather than autonomous subjects capable of managing their own lives.
By Tsvi Bisk. The 19th century was the European century; the 20th century was the American century and the 21st century could be the women’s century. This is a conclusion drawn from a combination of several factors: the nature of the global economy, the particular qualities of women and the requirements of world development.
By Tsvi Bisk Recently I wrote an Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times regarding the situation in Egypt. I suggested that a military dictatorship that respected the persons and property of minorities and women might be preferable to a democratically elected government that turned a blind eye to violence against minorities and women and violated constitutionalist principles on a daily basis. In a letter to the editor Michael Posner, former assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor from 2009 to 2013, attacked the premise of the article. His thinking was ill-informed and even one might say uneducated in the extreme. That this kind of thinking is stalking the halls of the State Department is frightening to say the least. Following is the article in question after which Posner’s letter with my comments inserted in bold.