Cosmopolitanism

Day 8: One for All

The Christmas story doesn’t tell us how to reconcile the virtues and the vices of universal cosmopolitanism and local loyalty. But it suggests that we can somehow try to be true to both ideals: to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and at the same time to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.

World Order and a Just Witness: Christianity and Immigration
World Order and a Just Witness: Christianity and Immigration Part 2

Little progress can be made toward improving the human condition of migrants without acknowledging the central role of the nation-state.

The American Nation-State, Cosmopolitanism, and Identity Politics in the Millennial Imagination
The American Nation-State, Cosmopolitanism, and Identity Politics in the Millennial Imagination

The very idea of the American nation-state seems to be losing its importance. In its stead, Americans have unfortunately moved toward cosmopolitanism and—for millennials especially—identity politics.

The American Condition: A Reflection on Cosmopolitanism and Community
The American Condition: A Reflection on Cosmopolitanism and Community

Cosmopolitanism can be a particularly pernicious temptation because it invites us to love the idealized reality of humanity above our actual flesh and blood neighbors who live next door.