We Must Not Be Enemies

American Scholar, Forthcoming

10 Pages Posted: 12 May 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

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.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, We Must Not Be Enemies (December 1, 2016). American Scholar, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2901045

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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