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Civilization’s Enemies

March 30, 2017

“Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.” – Thomas Sowell

I believe Western Civilization is defined not by skin color or geography, but by a set of values which lead to flourishing of democracy and prosperity. I think it’s more important to have a culture that “works”, rather than a culture that is faithful to what people with white skin did historically.

What are the Values of Western Civilization?
Freedom of Religion

Free Trade

Rule of Law

Separation of Powers

Democracy

Scientific Inquiry

Humanism in the sense of each life being inherently valuable

These days many populist conservatives say they uphold western values but are against things that are the foundation of why Western Civilization became so dominant in the first place. There are countries you can look at where the values of nationalism, limited trade, racially based policies, collectivism, and authoritarianism are dominant, but they are all terrible.

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