I actually do think that Birthright has had a lot of positive consequences. While I am not aware of any studies on the topic, I do believe that the increase in North American aliyah is, at least somewhat, a result of Birthright. Many aspects of the program, however, remain unexamined. These include the value of such a massive investment of Jewish communal funds, and the marginal return on this incredible expense (costing the Israeli taxpayer, as well).
Talking:Loud::Saying Nothing raises a lot of these questions, and suggests how these vast sums of money might be better directed. Unfortunately, I do not see anything changing anytime soon, because Talking Loud’s proposal would, in effect, leave the diasporic Jewish organizations and leaders, community-less.