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Due to our own civilization's guilt-complex, due to our disrespect for ourselves as well as our history, due to our impotence, reluctance, and inability to enforce our rights, due to the fact that we issue global apologies for our behavior and our own existence; that is why we receive contempt, and contempt is just one step away from hatred. Leonid Brezhnev declared, "The correlation of power has shifted to the advantage of socialism," and subsequently began a global geopolitical offensive. If the Sirik Mataks of this world - nonWestern statesmen who believe in us, in the West, who risk their survival, freedom, and the future of their families and countries to ally with us in friendship - if all those Sirik Mataks in Iraq and Afghanistan and actually anywhere in the nonWestern world, if those people survive, then the West will be admired, respected, and loved by the non-Western world.
Images of the West The West and the Others Roman Joch W estern civilization is superior to on its own accord; if it has been realized tion, the West is the target destination for other civilizations. I know. This in some form, it has been a result of Wes- people from all over the world; it is not statement is scandalous and tern imposition. Eo Ipso, Western civi- a place of exodus. People do not emigra- shocking considering our current post- lization is, in a political sense, superior te from Britain to Pakistan but the other modern and multicultural era, and it re- to all other civilizations and as such, also way around; not from France to Alge- quires an explanation. Western civilizati- more worthy. ria, but the other way around; not from on is superior in a political sense. It is the Germany to Turkey, but the other way only civilization that has, so far, disco- around; not from the Benelux to Moroc- vered and realized the ideal of personal co, but the other way around; not from and political freedom. If even an ounce The West lost its the Czech Republic to Ukraine, but the of freedom exists in other civilizations, advantage in the other way around. What does this mean? then it does so because these civilizations 1990s because it That there is something about the West have been inspired by the West (or per- which is attractive to non-Westerners and was weak, because haps the West forced such freedom onto therefore – in their own eyes – superior them). it had started to to what they have at home. If we look at bribe the Third World. how people from all over the world “vote Socratic Questioning with their feet,” the West comes out ra- I dare say we can judge regimes, correct? ther well in these elections. We can judge them on the basis of the- On the other hand, the West is tru- ir justice or injustice, and in that sense, It is necessary to realize what this ar- ly unpopular and even hated by other on their superiority or inferiority. Surely gument claims, but also what it does not. civilizations which look down upon it the contemporary purpose of Socrates’ It does not say that Western civilization is and therefore also us. Why? Due to our political philosophy is to ﬁnd the answer more valuable than any other civilization own civilization’s guilt-complex, due to to the question: “What is a just regime?” in anything other than political aspects. our disrespect for ourselves as well as For example, Aristotle believed in three For example, when it comes to culinary our history, due to our impotence, reluc- “correct” forms of government and three arts, Chinese civilization is undoubtedly tance, and inability to enforce our rights, illegitimate ones: the former being either superior to Western civilization. It also due to the fact that we issue global apo- monarchy, aristocracy, or a republic, and does not say that people from the West logies for our behavior and our own exis- the latter being democracy, oligarchy or are better or worthier than other peop- tence; that is why we receive contempt, tyranny. Let us assume – and I hope that le; on the contrary, a feature of Western and contempt is just one step away from it is uncontroversial – that a certain re- civilization is to view all people as – in hatred. If we hate ourselves in the West, gime is better than another if it allows a metaphysical sense – equal and with why s
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