By Martha Nussbaum, Joshua Cohen
After the terrorist assaults at the Pentagon and the area alternate heart, American flags seemed all over. Is patriotism an outstanding reaction at a time of nationwide main issue? What does it suggest for us to think about ourselves as a country first?With our connections to the area becoming more desirable and extra important than ever, Martha C. Nussbaum argues that we must always mistrust traditional patriotism as parochial and as a substitute see ourselves to start with as "citizens of the world." 16 well-liked writers and thinkers reply, together with Benjamin R. Barber, Sissela Bok, Nathan Glazer, Robert Pinsky, Elaine Scarry, Amartya Sen, and Michael Walzer.NEW DEMOCRACY FORUMA sequence of brief paperback originals exploring artistic ideas to our such a lot pressing nationwide issues. The sequence editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, goal to foster politically engaged, intellectually sincere, and morally severe debate approximately basic issues-both off and on the time table of traditional politics.
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The extent that it evades the challenges ofglobalIzatIOn, mcludmg Its own submission. But surprisingly, the cosmopolitan orientation is not much more satisfactory on these matters. The Stoic-Kantian vectors of a cosmopolitan orientation assume an ethical context for globalist affirmatIOns that IS mcreasingly difficult to reconcile with the actu~Ity of contemporary globalism. True, the cosmopolitan outlook IS exphcltly ethIcal and humanistic On a global scale, but it is not 57 sufficiently distinguished from or even aware of globalist tendencies that are integrating experience across boundaries at a rapid rate.
If ethical, and with it political, revitalization is thwarted by the sheer weight of economic globalism-a kind of negative cosmopolitanism-then citizens with humanistic agendas will find little comfort in either patriotic or cosmopolitan poles of the current debate. If, by contrast, the debate is recast, then patriotism and cosmopolitanism will be able to share a common commitment to refashioning conditions for the humane state, the humane region, and, depending on the success of transnational social forces, a decent, inclusive globalism.
Don't Neglect the Little Platoons Michael W. McConnell Don't Neglect the Little Platoons WE DO NOT SUFFER TODAY FROM AN EXCESS OF patriotism. It is true that young Americans know remarkably little about the cultures, histories, religions, and aspirations of other nations. But this is not because they are preoccupied with their own. Few young Americans know much, or care much, about the cultures, histories, religions, and aspirations even of their own nation. Our problem is a loss of confidence in any vision of the good, and a lack of passion for anything beyond material gratification.