“In order to attack an idea [e.g. tribalism] they first define it as something between torturing puppies and murdering old ladies”

Kumbaya versus Naomi Shemer
by Vic Rosenthal
July 26, 2016

…When a people has a sovereign state, it is called a nation-state. A people can exist before the state and create it, as in the case of the modern state of Israel, or the state can be formed by diverse peoples who then grow together to become one people. This is the much-maligned “melting pot” model of the United States: Americans of diverse origins became unified as a people as a result of their experience building and defending their country. Today many Americans, under the influence of universalist ideas, are uncomfortable with this conception, seeing the demand that immigrants learn English as an excess of tribalism or even “cultural genocide.”READ MORE

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