James Taranto addresses Oikophobes….

I’ve always enjoyed Taranto’s writing.  Today at the WSJ, he addressed what British philosopher Roger Scruton’s use of a term to describe the attitude of the left that encompasses, generally, its fear and loathing of what most would consider traditional American values: oikophobia, though Scruton was addressing it the context of Europe and especially Great Britain.   I’ve paraphrased his article, but you can read the whole thing here:

James Taranto–Oikophobia

Scruton’s warning about the danger of oikophobes–whom he amusingly dubs “oiks”–is very pertinent on this side of the Atlantic today, and it illuminates how what are sometimes dismissed as mere matters of “culture” tie in with economic and social policy:

The oik repudiates national loyalties and defines his goals and ideals against the nation, promoting transnational institutions over national governments, accepting and endorsing laws that are imposed on us from on high by the EU or the UN, though without troubling to consider Terence’s question, and defining his political vision in terms of universal values that have been purified of all reference to the particular attachments of a real historical community.

The oik is, in his own eyes, a defender of enlightened universalism against local chauvinism. And it is the rise of the oik that has led to the growing crisis of legitimacy in the nation states of Europe. For we are seeing a massive expansion of the legislative burden on the people of Europe, and a relentless assault on the only loyalties that would enable them voluntarily to bear it. The explosive effect of this has already been felt in Holland and France. It will be felt soon everywhere, and the result may not be what the oiks expect.

I can assure the left–they will get far more than they bargained for in November.

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