We Must Not Be Enemies
American Scholar, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 12 May 2017
Date Written: December 1, 2016
In response to rise of nationalist populism, this article suggests ways to understand and respond to those involved. Trump supporters. Political commentators characterized the political environment as a battle between enlightened globalists and prejudiced nationalists. While not excusing racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination, the article argues that globalists overlook the importance of communal bonds for people’s well-being, and that their misunderstanding of communitarian values has contributed to the rise of right-wing populism. The article suggests that globalist values and community values can be reconciled, and that fostering communities can help bridge the gap between the two camps.
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