I don’t mind connecting—you may have noticed!!!—ah, well, maybe not family so much...
But connecting for what purpose? Connecting to convince people to give to a cause? Connecting to get them motivated to ACT in a certain way, and perhaps in a way that I don’t necessarily jive with? I don’t know. I’m not a marketeer (read me, and you’ll understand...oops, that’s marketing, isn’t it???).
I’ll never, nor will you, convince the Kisbers, for example, to move back to Jackson. Nor will you convince them—unless some already have—to move to Israel, bless their little hearts. I think the underlying point of the Shoresh information was that such people don’t want to be in places like Tennessee or Israel today. They want to be where you are (I guess): New York, the West Coast (except where it isn’t on fire, of course), Chicago, Paris, London, Rome, etc.
Perhaps even Berlin, which I hear is very trendy, even though the AltRight is about to take over.
Or they want to be free to travel around the world, living a nomadic life in exotic places, like good, privileged white people. Even people of color. Even Jews.
And this is why we have brain drains in places like Israel and Tennessee. Wars and bad social/economic policies don’t help. End of the world scenarios don’t help, either.
Honestly, I would be more pessimistic about convincing people to “return” to places they don’t want to be at this moment in history. Unless, of course, they were desperate to do so. And I don’t think the “desperate” people are the ones you want “returning.” Desperation is never healthy nor positive. nor are financial incentives (see the American Western expansion).
Maybe the Shoresh people don’t even understand this themselves. This would not be an unusual circumstance for cloistered economists, BTW (see Robert Reich, a good little Jewish boy, on this subject, and others). Cloistered economists make all sorts of crucial errors (see JK Galbraith on this re: application to some other, recent good little Jewish boys such as Milton Friedman, overly influenced by von Mises to our everlasting ruin and, of course, the worst case, Alan Greenspan, who gave up on shul so that he could worship Ayn Rand).
I’ll connect with a brave, brilliant mind like yours. I’ll connect with anyone. But not in an attempt to get them to do something I would not do. Not even if I were as young, brave and brilliant as you.
You excite me. In many ways. Just convince me you have a good idea here.
Here, have a look at a Tennessee warbler and relax a second... https://alanasnen-44941.medium.com/warbler-enabler-ce459f18eb92