When Mocking Jews Was Cool

Gentleman’s Agreement, directed by Elia KazanI hate political correctness.  It is illiberal to police what people think and say, to judge what sort of opinions are acceptable in polite company: who is to saythat the sensibilities of polite company are all that refined?  Who wants their approval anyway?My dislike of political correctness is the luxury of living in an era awash with it. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) is a reminder that in other eras—including, roughly, all of them before … [Read more...]