Read the rest.Cult of tradition
Americans certainly have a love of tradition, a uniting national identity. We have our own liturgy in our founding documents. But this is not cult-like. Eco describes a traditionalism that is false, in a sense, in that it combined mutually incompatible traditions, creating from them a unifying identity. Believing in the Bill of Rights, while simultaneously calling for the repeal of the 14th Amendment; believing in the Constitutional protection of religion but denying the secular origins of this principle, and creating a false mythology of the Founders as Believers—these create a false, new American tradition.
31 August, 2010
PalMD's post on Facism and the New Right is a definite must-read. Here's a taste: