Fighting Words

in The Lost Promise of Patriotism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226315836
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226315850 | DOI:
Fighting Words

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This chapter compares the experiences of various cosmopolitan patriots during the war. The war endangered cosmopolitan patriotism by eroding the sympathy and reciprocity that sustained awareness of these interconnections. Woodrow Wilson's cosmopolitanism was as much a product of historical circumstance as of ideological commitment. Like Wilson, Debs expected Americans to remain poised to help in every way in their power to terminate this unholy massacre and bring peace to the world. Twenty-first-century populists and communitarians deride liberals' “watery” universalism; liberals and social democrats, for their part, respond by urging their constituents to “think globally and act locally.” The unraveling of cosmopolitanism in the face of war does not suggest any intractable weakness with cosmopolitanism per se, any more than does the attrition of democratic deliberation during wartime point to a problem with the idea of democratic deliberation.

Keywords: cosmopolitan patriots; cosmopolitan patriotism; Woodrow Wilson; cosmopolitanism; democratic deliberation

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