Failing Liberty 101
by Walter E. Williams
creators.com, 2011-07-13

[Emphasis is added.]


A law professor, whom William Damon leaves unnamed,
shares this vision in a recent book:
“Longstanding notions of democratic citizenship are becoming obsolete. ...
American identity is unsustainable in the face of globalization.”
Instead of commitment to a nation-state,
“loyalties ... are moving to
transnational communities defined by many different ways:
by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, and sexual orientation.”

This law professor's vision is shared by many educators who
look to “global citizenship” as the proper aim of civics instruction,
de-emphasizing attachment to any particular country,
such as the United States,
pointing out that our primary obligation should be
to the universal ideals of human rights and justice.

To be patriotic to one's own country is seen as suspect
because it may turn into
a militant chauvinism or a dangerous “my country, right or wrong” vision.


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