October 06, 2007
Ive come around to the view that the culture war can best be understood as a conflict between two different kinds of patriotism. On the one hand, there are people who believe being an American is all about dissent and change, that the American idea is inseparable from progress. America is certainly an idea, but it is not merely an idea. It is also a nation with a culture as real as Frances or Mexicos. Thats where the other patriots come in; they think patriotism is about preserving Americanness.
Yet the strangest and most ironic aspect of our national culture is that we have an aversion to talking about a national culture.
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