Stephen Holmes on Identity Politics - Dictionary of Arguments
Krastev I 56
Identity politics/post-communist era/Krastev/Holmes: To this reassuring German dream we can add that the Imitation Imperative, as it was experienced or imagined in Central and Eastern Europe, tacitly implied that Germany was the real model being held up for admiring emulation.
Krastev I 57
Overheated particularism is a natural reaction to an overselling of the innocence of universalism. One consequence is that populists everywhere love to disparage universalism as the particularism of the rich. The initial eagerness of the formerly captive nations to join the liberal West in 1989 stemmed at least as much from nationalist resentment at Moscow’s forty-year hegemony as from a deep-seated commitment to liberal values and institutions.
But in the intellectual climate of the 1990s, the moral unacceptability of ethnic nationalism was woven into the ideal of a sought-after ‘normality’. Ethno-nationalism was also associated with the bloody Yugoslav wars. In addition, post-national talking points were eagerly exported eastward by the European Union. These factors militated against total candour about the role of national feeling in the rush of formerly communist nations to join the West. Cf. >Imitation/Krastev._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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