Friday, April 24, 2009

Cheney the Exceptionalist Individualist

My published NYT comment#151.
April 24, 2009 10:51 am


April 24th, 2009 8:20 am
Cheney the Exceptionalist Individualist

US nation-state culture, from the perspective of the social sciences, can accurately be categorized as:

individualistic vs. collectivistic; independent vs. interdependent.

Such a nation-state culture can and does frequently produce individuals (whether Dick Cheney the statist or Charles Manson the sadist) who focus mainly on their own private, narrow, often violent and even pathological self-interest, to the exclusion of the collective and interdependent self-interest.

Cheney represents the most extreme, radical and self-absorbed example of US nation-state culture.

That personal and nation-state cultural orientation is a threat to the individual, the society and the world.

Is it possible for US nation-state culture to produce fewer Cheneys in the future?
This one still has a few more years of destruction left in him.

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice
New York Times copyright
Unemployed, Unapologetic and Unrestrained: It’s Cheney Unbound
Published: April 23, 2009

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