By Michael N. Barnett
How do American Jews envision their function on the earth? Are they tribal—a humans whose tasks expand completely to their very own? Or are they prophetic—a gentle unto international locations, operating to fix the area? The megastar and the Stripes is an unique, provocative interpretation of the consequences of those worldviews at the overseas coverage ideals of yank Jews because the 19th century. Michael Barnett argues that all of it starts off with the political id of yank Jews. As Jews, they're devoted to their people’s survival. As americans, they determine with, and think their survival depends upon, the yank ideas of liberalism, spiritual freedom, and pluralism. This id and look for inclusion shape a political theology of prophetic Judaism that emphasizes the historical venture of Jews to assist create an international of peace and justice. The political theology of prophetic Judaism money owed for 2 enduring positive aspects of the overseas coverage ideals of yank Jews. They show a sophisticated sensibility, advocating on behalf of human rights, humanitarianism, and overseas legislation and businesses. in addition they are suspicious of nationalism—including their very own. opposite to the normal knowledge that American Jews are natural-born Jewish nationalists, Barnett charts an extended heritage of ambivalence; this ambivalence connects their early rejection of Zionism with the present debate concerning their attachment to Israel. And, Barnett contends, this turning out to be ambivalence additionally explains the emerging acclaim for humanitarian and social justice hobbies between American Jews. Rooted within the knowing of ways heritage shapes a political community’s feel of the realm, The superstar and the Stripes is a daring interpreting of the prior, current, and attainable destiny overseas regulations of yank Jews.