Being at the One State Conference was a disorienting experience; somehow one had been translated to an alternate, not quite parallel universe, a cloud cuckoo land blooming with exotic pathologies. But navigating this terrain requires an awareness of its guiding principles, which include Marxism, multiculturalism, globalism, secularism, sexuality (any kind), inclusivity/diversity, and gender equity. And it is helpful to have a command of the vernacular (college students will not need this guide). For example, every chronicle, every story, is a narrative: a hegemonic narrative, a nationalistic narrative, one that is heteronormative, colonial or postcolonial, feminist, transgressive, progressive, regressive, or repressive.
However, having navigated this paradise, one unfortunately finds the obligatory serpents, in this case organized religion, capitalism, racism, imperialism, and of course, Zionism, which conveniently encompasses them all.
Interestingly, it is a land where certain words are never uttered; for example, Sharia. Apparently, it doesn’t exist there.