Can Trump Reconcile Nationalism with Liberalism

Jul 11, 2017

Associate Director Paul D. Miller analyses President Trump's speech to the Polish people last week in Warsaw. 

 

"In addition to nationalism, Trump’s speech was also a surprising endorsement of liberal values," Dr. Miller writes. However, he argues for a different interpretation of liberal values than Trump-- values founded on ideals that could be universally applied. Dr. Miller points to the many stable non-Western democracies, writing "there are many routes to accountable self-governance. Western history was just the first. I find it baffling when nationalists insist on denying liberalism’s global appeal when much of the rest of the world has publicly declared allegiance to these ideals and is well into its seventh or eighth decade governing along lines copied from the West."

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