With regards to my last vlog, some people expressed the thought that the OU can't break from the haredi world because the two are so intertwined. It is requested that I imagine the consequences of the haredi world boycotting the OU's kashrus label.
The short-term pragmatism of maintaining the haredim under the tent for power-purposes is outweighed by the theological problem of encouraging deference and reverence (and let's not make beef about it, they do encourage deference and reverence, particularly through NCSY) to people who really don't know what they're talking about on important issues of the day, resulting in consequences as extreme as book-banning, magical thinking, and a frum adolescent being enrolled in Tranquility Bay. For the man who knows that this way of thinking is wrong, his encouraging (of children even!) of deference is unethical. Moreover, the ethos of the increasingly powerful group so co-opted is diametrically opposed to the Modern Orthodox roots of the OU. If Modern Orthodoxy wishes to make itself known as a viable intellectual option, it must make clear that Haredi Orthodoxy's ethos is outside the realm of the acceptable or forever be rightfully condemned to the judgment David Singer once made of its historical leadership -- that they do not take their supposed values seriously.