Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper's. A controversial 2008 article, "The Affairs of Men," published in New York magazine, sought to explain why so many men pursue sexual variety. Weiss also writes the Anti-Zionism blog, Mondoweiss. He is the author of American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps, and he's working on a novel.
Topic: Future and Outlook
Philip Weiss: I’m very optimistic. My pessimism surrounds the fact that I can’t make a living espousing these ideas but that’s very selfish. It’s a great time to be engaged in these issues. These issues are front and center in American political life, are coming in to the-- We are going to be-- Our voice is finally going to be heard in American life I believe. We have not been included in the past 20 years. I think it’s very exciting. I think there is- a real ferment is happening in America right now and I love America and I think that America’s too good to continue to have this discussion and exclude voices like mine, and they are being included. So I just am very excited about this period. This has been obviously-- I think for opponents of the Iraq war and that whole thinking, and I’m one of them, this has been obviously a very dismal period, the last eight years, but the neocons have now been I think thoroughly discredited. They may occupy a few atolls in the South Pacific but they don’t have much hold in American public life. Obviously, the Bush administration’s around for another year but I think it’s really exciting. It’s just exciting.