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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/11/08


An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: political position of the United States on Israel now and into the future; differentiation of Classical Liberalism of someone like John Stuart Mill from streams of modern Liberalism and Leftism; agreement and disagreement of the political Left and Right; the proper scope and limit of the government; Campus Reform and PragerU; pluses and minuses of PragerU; impacts of PragerU; and big takeaway from CPAC.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Four)[1],[2],[3],[4]

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What should be the political position of the United States on Israel at the moment and into the future?

Pardes Seleh: An alliance has been beneficial and will be beneficial into the future. I am not saying this from a Jewish perspective. Generally, it is Israel doing well for its region. I lived there for a year.

Its geographic position is good for us to have as an ally. They are in the middle of a bunch of surrounding countries that can be threatening to us at times. It can be beneficial for us to be strongly allied with Israel at times.

They love the US. Israelis love Americans. Culturally, they are this one small population in that area that will always be on our side. It is also very Americanized there. They share the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and so on.

They are not as good at free markets as we are. But they share a lot of the sentiments. In general, they are good allies to have, but just for us but for them as well. There isn’t any reason we shouldn’t try to sustain this bond as much as possible.

For some purposes, they might be better than we are. Their military is doing really well. Their intelligence is good. Now, I sound like I am advertising for Israel [Laughing].

2. Jacobsen: What differentiates the Classical Liberalism of someone like John Stuart Mill from streams of modern Liberalism and Leftism?

Seleh: So, I am probably going to give you a bunch of answers. I have read a some on this. From what I know, Classical Liberals, most of us are Classical Liberals. Most of us meaning liberals and conservatives in the United States.

Most people in the US believe in equal rights for women, men, children, homosexuals, black people, white people, whatever your ethnicity is, but I think modern Liberalism…I can’t comment on.

Because I see it as Leftism in a lot of ways. It is a resistance movement. It believes in inequality, in promoting reverse inequality in order to get us to the goal of being equal.

So, while Classical Liberalism will say, “Yes, we know most CEOs are men and not women. While we know most colleges are or Ivy League schools are white people and not racial minorities, we will give them all equal opportunities and promote equal opportunities.”

But they might still be unequal for whatever reason. There might not still be equal amounts of racial minorities and whites, of men and women. We will give them all equal opportunities and promote equal opportunities.

There might still not be equal amounts of whites and colored peoples in schools. There might not be equal amounts of men and women who are CEOs in companies. Classical Liberalism promotes equality of opportunity. Leftism is more focused on equality of outcome.

We’re not equal until there is an equal amount of men and women in schools or as CEOs of companies. We are not satisfied until there are equal amounts of everyone. The only way to do this is to engage in equally reverse discriminatory behavior by hiring more women as CEOs and people of color rather than men and people of no color.

Basically, the favoring of the lesser or what is called “the oppressed” in order to reach that level of equality. So, in that way, Leftism is not very Liberal because it is not very Liberal, even though it is influencing a lot of Leftism.

It is not Liberal in the sense that it doesn’t provide equality of opportunity. Even though, a Leftist will say that they are supporting equality of opportunity. It is a forced equality. It is equal but not fair.

I’ll say this simpler. Classical Liberalism focuses on equality of opportunity. Leftism focuses primarily on equality of outcome. Leftism only recognizes social justice. It is, “We believe in equality of opportunity, but we need to have ongoing social justice programs and activities to try and accelerate the move towards an equal outcome. Otherwise, we may never get there. It may be fair, but never equal.”

It is in-between the two. I was reading Sheryl Sandberg. She is the COO of Facebook. She had a series of books on success. She talks about successful women, successful college students. She says that we will never be equal until there are as many women CEOs as there are men.

That is her argument. It is not enough for us to have equality of opportunity. She believes in equality of opportunity, but she still believes that we are not fully equal until the outcome is equal too.

3. Jacobsen: In the United States, what do the political Left and the political Right agree, and disagree, on to you – fundamental and secondary issues/principles?

Seleh: To me, politics in the United States right now are about the Left versus free market capitalists. There is one thing that binds the politics of socialists on the left and totalitarians on the right in the United States and that is the emphasis on raising taxes and expanding the government to enforce their respective positions, thus limiting the free will of the people. Calling oneself a Republican does not necessarily mean one is for limited government.

Everybody agrees on the concept of equality, whether outcome or opportunities. I think we’re all liberals in a sense. We all what we want to say to be okay. Our duties and how we attain that equality may be different.

We all, generally but not every single person, on the Left and Right believe in some form of equality. How they think this can be attained is different.

With President Donald Trump in office, many Right-wingers are as fiscally conservative as they used to be. So, now, I think we have moved more into a nationalist versus globalist situation.

It has moved to a European mentality of Right and Left, which is nationalist versus globalist. In general, being a conservative versus being a Liberal has always been rooted in what you think the role of government is, conservatives always wanted less government intervention.

Liberals always wanted the government to do more. But I think we’re moving, under Donald Trump, towards a globalist versus nationalist spectrum. Those groups, nationalist ones, in the US are becoming isolationist.

So, you have nationalist groups on both the Right and the Left.

4. Jacobsen: There are ideas in political theory about anarchy – no government, minarchy – reduced government, then things scale up from that in terms of the level and extent, the type and extent, that government intervenes in the lives of citizens and organizations. Now, what do you consider the proper scope and limit of government?

Seleh: I think the government is important and should enforce the justice system. Government is there to serve the needs of everyone who it is serving. But I also believe in small government as much as possible, not no government but smaller or limited government.

I know those are two different things. We have a small and limited government, but there is a lot of money being dumped into government programs. Many parts of our government are ineffective because they are limited by different things.

Either bureaucracies or government programs have been around for a long time, it keeps growing. I think a lot of our government is ineffective.

We can afford to be without them.

5. Jacobsen: Now, you work as a California Campus Correspondent for Campus Reform, and as the Chair of Student Ambassadorship for PragerU.[5] What tasks and responsibilities come with these positions?

Seleh:  As a campus correspondent for Campus Reform, I looked for and covered stories of liberal indoctrination on college campuses across California, but mostly at my alma mater, UCLA. As the PragerU Chair of Student Ambassadorship, I got involved with marketing PragerU videos and content on social media and at events. I attended CPAC 2016 with PragerU and helped publicize PragerU’s mission.  

6. Jacobsen: What seems like the pluses and minuses of PragerU for online and free education? It is a university named after Dennis Prager, who is a prominent conservative commentator on culture and society. Even though, there are no certifications. There are conservative discussions of normal university content, which tends to lean to the social, political, and economic left.

Seleh: I think the benefit is taking college classes from a different political perspective because in college I felt as though I had to take everything my professors said with a grain of salt.

Most of my professors were very Liberal. I expected that what they were saying was biased by their view. But I figured a Prager video would have a similar lesson as if I were in school but from a different perspective.

It is always interesting to look at things from a different political perspective.

7. Jacobsen: What have been impacts of PragerU’s mission, vision, and free online education in campus culture, even wider youth culture?

Seleh: People share the videos even if they aren’t conservatives. Prager and most of the people there are conservative. It is majority conservative as an organization. It is a conservative company, but they tend to promote fact most of the time.

I see them shared by people of all political persuasions. They have a reach. The videos can be on relationships, marriages, religion, social success. They are debatable for people from all walks.

I think they are very relatable.

8. Jacobsen: What was the big take-home message from CPAC 2016?

Seleh: Conservatives are winning. It is a new culture. A new wave of young people who were moving towards the Right. To me, it seemed like being a conservative was the new cool.

Democratic politicians were no longer as appealing. People wanted a more refreshed perspective. Being conservative was the new cool, the new black…

9. Jacobsen: …[Laughing]…

Seleh: …Like “Orange is the New Black,” there were girls wearing matching elephant skirts. It almost felt like a carnival, fun. There were lingerie pieces hanging in elevators. You could tell it was a big hookup thing.


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  9. Seleh, P. (2016, April 5). Anti-Cop Activists at UCLA Declare “Cop Free Zone”. Retrieved from!AntiCop-Activists-at-UCLA-Declare-Cop-Free-Zone/cjds/570368f30cf2e0dbcac4b721.
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  11. Seleh, P. (2015, December 1). Brown Students Can Finally Discuss Topics Freely… In a Secret Facebook Group. Retrieved from
  12. Seleh, P. (2015, November 16). Cal Berkeley to open minority themed house next fall. Retrieved from
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  18. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Feds to Pull $6 Million from School for Not Allowing Boy in Girls’ Showers. Retrieved from
  19. Seleh, P. (2015, August 6). Harvard project tackles ‘gender bias’ in teens, parents. Retrieved from
  20. Seleh, P. (2015, November 18). Here’s How the Left Manipulates Research to Prove Your Wife is a Lesbian. Retrieved from
  21. Seleh, P. (2015, September 25). Hillary Says Obamacare Is A ‘Moral Issue’, Americans Disagree. Retrieved from
  22. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Hillary Wants to Force Employers to Hire Ex-Cons. Retrieved from
  23. Seleh, P. (2015, March 9). Hillel At UCLA Takes Credit For Publicity Of The Rachel Beyda Incident. Retrieved from
  24. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). If Radical Islam and Gender Dysphoria Had a Child, It Would Look Like This. Retrieved from
  25. Seleh, P. (2015, June 26). Illegal immigrant graduate flies Mexican flag at graduation. Retrieved from
  26. Seleh, P. (2015, September 10). Is a Berkeley student not diverse enough to fight sexual assault?. Retrieved from
  27. Seleh, P. (2015, July 6). Kinky sex club rises at USC. Retrieved from
  28. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). Los Angeles Times Refuses to Reveal Criteria for Reporting Race in Crime Stories. Retrieved from
  29. Seleh, P. (2014, November 19). Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS. Retrieved from
  30. Seleh, P. (2015, October 17). Media Misrepresent ‘Gay Gene’ Study Without Contacting Lead Author. Retrieved from
  31. Seleh, P. (2015, November 17). Mizzou Administration Refuses To Identify Swastika Pooper. Retrieved from
  32. Seleh, P. (2015, May 12). Mizzou dining services apologizes for employee’s ‘insensitive’ Cinco de Mayo costume. Retrieved from
  33. Seleh, P. (2015, November 12). Mizzou Student VP ‘Tired’ of Free Speech. Retrieved from
  34. Seleh, P. (2015, November 3). Momentum Grows on Tarantino Boycott. Retrieved from
  35. Seleh, P. (2015, October 21). Museum of Tolerance: State Department Responsible for Unfair Coverage of Israel. Retrieved from
  36. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). New York Jews Backlash Against Politicians Supporting Iran Deal. Retrieved from
  37. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). NPR: Aborting Female Babies is Discriminatory. Retrieved from
  38. Seleh, P. (2015, October 1). Obama Utterly Silent as Abbas Incites War Against Israel. Retrieved from
  39. Seleh, P. (2015, October 30). Planned Pregnanthood Discriminates Against Trans Men: No Contraceptives Because Male Pregnancy ‘Not Popular’. Retrieved from
  40. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). Pro-Israel Groups At UCLA Address Anti-Semitism While Openly Supporting SJP at UCLA. Retrieved from
  41. Seleh, P.  (2016, February 29). Prof. under investigation for sexual assault to continue teaching at UCLA. Retrieved from
  42. Seleh, P. (2015, April 15). Professor Tormented At Connecticut College For Criticizing Hamas. Retrieved from
  43. Seleh, P. (2015, July 22). Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees. Retrieved from
  44. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Republican Congressman Champion for Planned Parenthood. Retrieved from
  45. Seleh, P. (2015, November 24). Satirical ‘White Student Union’ Receives Death Threats for Protesting Anti-White Racism. Retrieved from
  46. Seleh, P. (2015, November 20). ‘Scream Queens’ Beats Up Antonin Scalia Physically. Retrieved from
  47. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Scream Queens: Snotty Sorority Killer Chick’s Dad Supports Ted Cruz. Retrieved from
  48. Seleh, P. (2015, April 18). Screening of American Sniper Hotly Contested at UCLA. Retrieved from
  49. Seleh, P. (2014, November 20). Second UCLA Donor Pledges Funding Cut If Administration Doesn’t Condemn. Retrieved from
  50. Seleh, P. (2015, April 8). SFSU President Leslie Wong Bans School-Funded Travel To Indiana. Retrieved from
  51. Seleh, P. (2015, October 9). Students from 82 colleges urge Pope Francis to divest Vatican from fossil fuels. Retrieved from
  52. Seleh, P. (2015). Study: No, There’s No Evidence Of a ‘Gay Gene’
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  56. Seleh, P. (2014, November 11). TruthRevolt Students Protest SJP, Supposedly Pro-Israel Groups Undercut. Retrieved from
  57. Seleh, P. (2015, November 8). UC Berkeley Dems to frame GOP as racist during Tuesday’s debate. Retrieved from
  58. Seleh, P. (2015, November 23). UC Berkeley housing co-op establishes safe space guidelines. Retrieved from
  59. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). UC Berkeley study links economic inequality to climate change. Retrieved from
  60. Seleh, P. (2015, November 6). UC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Affirmative Action. Retrieved from
  61. Seleh, P. (2015, November 10). UC Merced Attacker Was A Radical Muslim. The University, Police, and Media Covered It Up. Retrieved from
  62. Seleh, P. (2015, April 21). UCLA Activist Over Screening of American Sniper: “Death to America”. Retrieved from
  63. Seleh, P. (2015, April 22). UCLA Activist: “What’s Wrong with Death to America???”. Retrieved from
  64. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Adds Cuba To Its List Of Study Abroad Programs. Retrieved from
  65. Seleh, P. (2015, March 18). UCLA Chancellor Compares Anti-SJP Posters To Swastikas. Retrieved from
  66. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from
  67. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from
  68. Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from
  69. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Professor Under Fire For Exam Question Relating To Ferguson Shooting. Retrieved from
  70. Seleh, P. (2015, July 13). UCLA provides internship opportunities to illegal immigrants. Retrieved from
  71. Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from
  72. Seleh, P. (2015, November 11). UCLA Student Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Calling SJP ‘Anti-Semitic’. Retrieved from
  73. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). UCLA Students Cry Racism Over White Kids Dressing Up As Kim and Kanye. Retrieved from
  74. Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from
  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from
  77. Seleh, P. (2015, December 2). UCSB White Student Union Releases ‘List of Demands’. Retrieved from
  78. Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from
  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from
  82. Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from
  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform; Staff Writer, Daily Wire.

[2] Individual Publication Date: November 8, 2017 at; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at

[3] Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross; Undergraduate Student, Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

[5] LinkedIn. (2016). Pardes Seleh. Retrieved from


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