From Pierre Manent's important book Democracy Without Nations?

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article

From Pierre Manent's important book Democracy Without Nations?, just published in paperback by ISI: "As more and more populations are added to the immense 'global middle class,' each people is commanded to divorce itself from its culpable past--one said to be defined by intolerance and oppression. At the same time, the monuments of their crimes, whether cathedrals or pyramids, are enlisted as elements of a 'global patrimony.'"

But how, Manent continues, "can one simultaneously condemn all pasts and recognize all cultures? Since every significant collective difference puts human unity in danger, one must render every difference insignificant. Thus, aspects of the most barbarous past become elements of an infinitely...

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