From the May/June, 1999 issue of Touchstone
politics Little Kings & Local Affinities by Louis R. Tarsitano

Little Kings & Local Affinities

Louis R. Tarsitano on Identity Politics & the Christian

The all-sufficient question for most intellectuals, asked in splendid existential isolation, is: Who am I? They answer this question, along with their fellow members of the planning class, as if from a burning bush: “I am who I am.” The world, then, is only a stage for the self-expression of an identity rooted only in themselves.

In contrast, ordinary people ask at least one other question: What am I? They identify themselves by the blood and the land and the culture that produced them. Life for them has a more subtle texture than can be adequately described by an abstract appeal to “huma . . .


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