Sunday, March 13, 2011

Christopher Hitchens on the Enlightenment of Late 18th Century, Philadelphia

Familiar names dropped include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Priestley and Benjamin Rush.

I think Hitchens gets it more or less right here. However, he has, I would remind made David Barton like errors on behalf of the secular left, previously.

1 comment:

Angie Van De Merwe said...

Some Americans don't believe that our purposes should be to protect, defend or provide for other nations.
Self-interest is important to survival, and disregarding our own self-interest undermines our national security. And maybe this is the point of undermining our nations' exceptionalism, power and priviledge.
If human rights are universal, is anyone exempt from them being their "domain"? Do we "collectively" sacrifice for the globe? Who determines what we sacrifice and at what costs? What government is to be deemed "virtuous" in this endeavor. Make no mistake, every other nation is also seeking to survive. Someone is going to be "top dog", aren't they?
whether that be a nation/nations, or a leader/leaders. And are they democratically elected? Are these a Representative form of government?