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July 20, 2016

The people who consider themselves “cosmopolitan” in today’s West, by contrast, are part of a meritocratic order

They have their own distinctive worldview (basically liberal Christianity without Christ), their own common educational experience,
their own shared values and assumptions (social psychologists call these WEIRD — for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic), and of course their own outgroups (evangelicals, Little Englanders) to fear, pity and despise. And like any tribal cohort they seek comfort and familiarity: From London to Paris to New York, each Western “global city” (like each “global university”) is increasingly interchangeable, so that wherever the citizen of the world travels he already feels at home.
Indeed elite tribalism is actively encouraged by the technologies of globalization, the ease of travel and communication. Distance and separation force encounter and immersion, which is why the age of empire made cosmopolitans as well as chauvinists — sometimes out of the same people. (There is more genuine cosmopolitanism in Rudyard Kipling and T. E. Lawrence and Richard Francis Burton than in a hundred Davos sessions.) - - The Myth of Cosmopolitanism

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 20, 2016 10:46 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It is something to read this in the NYTimes. Every once and a while truth rears its head, and it is my feeling that this article will do more good before it is "outed," if it is.

I wish to be an outsider, more than anything else I feel about culture. It helps to live in the country.

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