December 28, 2006

BECAUSE NATIONALISM/DARWINISM HAS WORKED SO WELL IN THE PAST:

In Japan, new nationalism takes hold: The country's post-World War II pacificism is being challenged by a more assertive, patriotic attitude (Robert Marquand12/28/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

On a pleasant November morning, some 300 Japanese executives paid $150 each to hear a lanky math professor named Masahiko Fujiwara give a secular sermon on restoring Japan's greatness. Mr. Fujiwara spoke quietly, without notes, for 80 minutes. His message, a sort of spiritual nationalism, rang loudly, though: Japan has lost its "glorious purity," its samurai spirit, its traditional sense of beauty, because of habits instilled by the United States after the war. "We are slaves to the Americans," he said.

Fujiwara's remedy is for Japan to recover its emotional strength. He says that Japan "can help save the world" - but its youths are lost in a fog of laxity and don't love Japan enough.


That's not the love they lack.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2006 12:00 AM
Comments

You can make a better case that Darwin's theories were a product of nationalism than the other way around.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at December 28, 2006 7:29 PM

If you have the magical capacity to scramble the space time continuum.

Posted by: oj at December 28, 2006 8:59 PM
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