At The Financial Times: an interview with Daryush Shayegan, a comment by Philosophical Apprentice

Daryush Shayegan is a Cosmopolitan to his marrow,  a polymath and intellectual. Mr. Huntington was one of the last of the WASP Ascendancy, like the Bundy brothers and their journalistic twins the Alsop brothers. Huntington was an operative of the American National Security State and worked for the South African apartheid government of P.W. Botha: should readers be surprised as to Huntington’s political advocacies, sympathies?   Huntington’s’ Clash’ was the transitional dogma that succeeded the Old Cold War and was the precursor of  the War on Terror. Yet look at  the ‘Nativist’ paranoid vision of Huntington, as argued in his book Who Are We: The Mestizo Horde about to divide and conquer the wondrous American Anglo/Protestant culture: two peoples,two cultures, two languages. The American reality is that like Walt Whitman we embrace multitudes! To say the least, Huntington’s vision of the ‘Clash’ and ‘Who Are We’, when viewed in tandem, are an utterly stunted vision of  the human potential for building an actual world.  The vision of a world, not simply advocated but lived by Mr. Shayegan, is about the actuality of a Cosmopolitanism in the present, not about a longed for Utopia!

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