Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Post-Nationalist Politics: Change You Can Believe In?

Judith Apter Klinghofer's blog at History News Network had an insightful piece last week about the post-nationalist - or, better, the supra-nationalist - politics of European elites. Read it here: EU Has Post-Nationalist Leadership; US Next?

She speculates that post-nationalism is the reason for the wave of European support for Barack Obama's candidacy. That, I think, is a key point most people miss about Obama. While everybody, including Obama himself, fixates on his being half-Black, the really formative influence on him, politically speaking, is that he's half-American.

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