I do think we're on the edge of a terrifying world, and that many young people know that but don't know how to talk about it.
There is nothing to be said for being crippled. You don't see the world better or clearer, nor do you develop some special set of skills by way of compensation.
You don't have to be Jewish to understand the history of Europe in the 20th century, but it helps.
I'm regarded outside New York University as a looney tunes leftie, self-hating Jewish communist; inside the university, I'm regarded as a typical, old-fashioned, white male liberal elitist. I like that. I'm on the edge of both; it makes me feel comfortable.