Racial vs. Creedal Nationalism FTW
September 7, 2018 1:56 AM Subscribe
Huntington's Legacy - "The world today is not converging around liberal democratic government, as it seemed to be for more than a generation."
What no one in the current debate can say is whether the current democratic recession will turn into a full-blown depression, marking a more fundamental shift in global politics toward some alternative regime type, or whether it is more like a stock market correction. The causes of the current recession in Western countries are reasonably clear: Populism has been driven by the unequal effects of globalization, as well as a cultural revolt against the large numbers of migrants moving across international borders and challenging traditional notions of national identity.
There are a number of reasons, however, to wonder if these forces will be strong enough to eventually overcome the factors driving the world toward greater convergence in economic and political institutions, or lead to serious geopolitical conflict on a scale matching that of the early 20th century. Neither the China model nor the emerging populist-nationalist one represented by Russia, Turkey, or Hungary will likely be sustainable economically or politically over an extended period. On the other hand, democracies have mechanisms in place for correcting mistakes, and a big test of American democracy will occur in November when Americans get to vote on whether they approve of the presidency of Donald Trump. Moreover, the rural, less-educated parts of the population that are the core of populist support are, in countries experiencing economic growth, in long-term decline. At this point, however, such assertions amount to no more than speculation.
- American Institutions Are Holding Up—But Are Americans? - "Democratic publics can make mistakes, but if they fail to correct those mistakes, they are in deep trouble."
- What Follows the End of History? Identity Politics - "Francis Fukuyama on global politics, campus politics, and being a student of Paul de Man and Allan Bloom."
- Is identity politics ruining democracy? - "Michael Ignatieff on why we have to look beyond group identity and failed meritocracy."
- Francis Fukuyama Postpones the End of History - "The political scientist argues that the desire of identity groups for recognition is a key threat to liberalism."
- Francis Fukuyama and Kwame Anthony Appiah take on identity politics - "Two leading thinkers explore the deep roots of populism and resentment in the West."
- What Is Identity? - "Francis Fukuyama's 'Identity' and Kwame Anthony Appiah's 'The Lies That Bind' examine the role of personal identity in our modern age."
- All our top superheroes seem to support creedal nationalism - "A nation at war has an enemy to unify them. A nation with no enemy often looks for one within its own borders."
- The Man Who Discovered 'Culture Wars' - "James Davison Hunter coined the phrase in 1991, a year ahead of Pat Buchanan. Now he reflects on how the struggle has evolved over three decades."
- The microfoundations of intersectionality - "Overall, I believe the intersectionality concept is underrated by many people in the mainstream and on the political Right."
- Why does tech have so many political problems? - "Most tech leaders don't care much about the usual policy issues. They care about AI, self-driving cars, and space travel, none of which translate into positive political influence."
- A tale of two cities: Why "Eugene Onegin" resonates in Charleston - "Russia and the American south both mythologise a half-digested history."
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments