Wednesday, May 03, 2023

The Contemporary Passion

If I have not done so already, let me make myself absolutely clear. The contemporary passion to classify and divide the American people is a portent of fascism both red and black. Where the communal approach rules (Yugoslavia, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Soviet Central Asia, Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia), blood flows and no one is treated fairly. We, on the other hand, have fought many times for the sake of being apprehended not as classes of people but as individual souls.

- Mark Helprin, "Diversity Is Not a Virtue" in Reinventing the American People, edited by Robert Royal (1995)

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