YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

February 11, 2015

The Illusion of National Unity

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 4:02 pm

Since many conservatives remain gripped by nostalgia for a traditional America that never was, I am reposting this brief statement as a rebuke to “culturalism,” unmasked in recent blogs.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

Max Beckmann paints Paris 1931 Max Beckmann paints Paris 1931

In this brief blog I will address those still potent divisions that the “turn to culturalism” has masked. I will, as usual, reject the inheritance of the “organic nation,” or the misnamed cultural pluralism that goes by the name of “multiculturalism,” as well as such terms as “national identity,” “group identity” or “zeitgeist.” All these terms are the effluents of German Romanticism, or the “Aufklärung” as it is misleading named. The German” Enlightenment” is a misnomer for it asserted itself against the all-too “bourgeois” “mechanical materialism” of the French and English Enlightenments.

No one with even a passing knowledge of US history can imagine that we are a unified entity unless they are chauvinists who revel in the notion of American superpower status, as opposed to celebrating the good sense embodied in the American Constitution, with its checks and balances, separation of powers, and frankly…

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