From society’s commanding heights, a ruling class of intellectuals, politicians, publicists, industrialists, and bureaucrats, as well as churchmen, has devalued the attachments to God, family, locality, and nation by which Westerners, and especially Americans, have lived, and has purveyed the sense that we are parts of a global political economy run by experts. Contemporary “internationalism” is part of the larger progressive effort to substitute government by officials, who are supposed to be intellectually and morally superior, for government by, of, and for the people. This essay examines the philosophical and practical bases for the American people’s rejection of the past century’s peculiar internationalism, and suggests that the best way of transcending it—to resume control of ourselves as well as of our relationship with other peoples—is to...


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