Months ago, I was asked to give a lecture at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. It was a surprising invitation for a number of reasons. First, I am not a lawyer. Second: I am not a member of the Federalist Society—the prominent conservative and libertarian legal organization. (If the name rings a bell it’s probably because you’ve heard of it in the context of the hearings of any of the conservative justices who currently sit on the court.)
Praise the Lord, Bari, this is a speech for the ages. What a call to arms. I’m all in.
Bari, I truly enjoyed your speech in front of the Federalist Society. It is almost funny the strange new bedfellows that are arising from this recent crisis. Your remarks, as well as that of Sam Harris that were recently highlighted on your site, were rational, thoughtful discussion of the ludicrousness of the pro-Hamas side. It is almost embarrassing how our "elites" have shown their foolishness. Even when I disagree with some of your articles/writers/podcast topics, I always find them insightful. I am a happy subscriber to The Free Press. I have just shifted money I used to spend on my daily newspaper, which is a mere shadow of its former self
I listened to this in the car, this morning, instead of NPR . . . for which I have just this week rescinded my sustaining contribution. NPR can join the New York Times in the time-out corner, until and unless they get their act together and stop passing along unfiltered Hamas talking-points as headline news.
Thank you, Bari, for the bracing moral clarity.
I'm so grateful to have heard Bari's logical, passionate and reasoned speech. I have shared it with several friends who are also stunned by the silence, acceptance and factually incomplete accounts of Israel vs. Hamas. Thank you, thank you for reminding us to look, speak up and act to hold up the truth.
I'm confused that there are so few comments here--I hope we're not taking you for granted. But perhaps it's that many like me were completely unsurprised by the outstandingosity of your Olson lecture. What does surprise me--well, not really--is that to my knowledge the New York Times has yet to publish an Editor's Note of apology to its readers for creating the conditions that resulted in your departure, even if you're far better off now. That place. The disinterested news reporters of my youth. I'm still addicted, though, and struggle to get comments you or Sam Harris might write, were you were less talented, past the moderators into a Stephens or Friedman comment section. I suppose I should be content that the paper's influence has faded and that their blinkered take on 10/7 can't do as much harm as they would like, still, what a lost opportunity for them to have regained their footing. But forgive that digression--great speech!
Great speech, Bari! Your framing of the bigger issue at stake was impeccable and your passion palpable. Excellent work!
I listened to this speech on my drive into work this morning. On my drive home this afternoon, I listened to a Bible study podcast I'm enjoying. Today's topic? The exact passage from Genesis that you read towards the end of your speech!
Follow the money! Saudi, Xi, Putin. They want this chaos in America.
The stakes are clear. Do we side with freedom, life and good? Or do we side with the slavery of the victim, death, and evil?
Thank you Bari. I am enjoy your intelligent and thought provoking writing and your speech was stellar. Why I am a subscriber
Fantastic speech! Very inspirational.
I am new to the Free Press community and I have been taking in as much as I can in the time that I have for reading. I listened to this podcast on my walk this morning and I loved it. It tied together so many issues that our country is dealing with today and Bari did such an amazing job, as she always does, of presenting her argument in a clear and intelligent manner. She is a true persuader... ethos, pathos, and logos in one.
So brilliantly written, thank you. Unfortunately, D.E.I is potentially the free world great problem, behind the rise and rise of radical Islam.
Excellent! I was ready to cheer but I was listening while driving by myself! I read an interesting comment in the Post about the strange times in which we live. The comment noted that extreme ideas form a U. Right and left extremism are actually not far apart.
I am sad that I was not there. I miss going to that convention.
When GAZA was first established in 1948 it had a population of 200,000 people. That number has doubled every 20 years since then, reaching 2,300,000 in 2022.
1968 – 400,000
1988 – 800,000
2008 – 1,600,000
2028 – 3,200,000 (projected)
If the land area of GAZA were to be doubled next week, 20 years from now the population density would be the same as it is today.
• The number of Christians in the Middle East is 10 percent of what it was a century ago.
• India and Pakistan were partitioned in 1948.
• China maintains re-education camps for its Muslim Urghur population.
• France has numerous Muslim-only No Go Zones, where even police cannot enter without a well-armed escort.
• Toronto is home to North America’s largest Muslim population.
This is not uniquely an Israeli problem. Can you see where things are headed?
National wealth is very closely linked to a country’s average IQ scores. Google ‘Average IQ by Country’ and note how many of the scores for Islamic countries are 83 or less. The Palestinians do not need to have more children, they need to have smarter children.