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 superi


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