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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

'Occidentalism' watch, part II.

Christopher Hitchens weighs in on Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit's new book, Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies. As usual, Hitchens works himself into a lather, but I'd endorse the main idea in his concluding sentence: "The ideas of liberal pluralism are newer in 'the West' than we suppose, and could in fact use some ruthless warriors of their own." (But can't we be relentless or determined rather than ruthless?)

("The West and the worst," Globe and Mail 3.27.04; thanks to Kevin Sturr for the link!)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 30 March 2004 at 5:26 PM

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