Blake Smith is a Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he works on cultural ties between France and India.

In Praise of Hate

Simone de Beauvoir, commenting on the troubling case of executed French collaborationist Robert Brasillach, argued that the emotion has its civil and judicial uses. Now, 75 years after the liberation of Paris, is she right?


Jacques Attali, Nomads, and French Anti-Semitism

How the Jewish neoliberal éminence grise of Emmanuel Macron’s government became both Marine Le Pen’s perfect enemy and her accidental inspiration


Indonesians Hate the Chinese, Because They Are Jewish

How Dutch colonial officials used anti-Semitism to fuel anti-Chinese hate


Sarmad the Magnificently Naked 17th-Century Jewish Mystic

Jewish engagement with non-Western faiths is much older than any recent ‘JuBu’ fad

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