The Return of Great Power Competition

Source: Law & Liberty
by Jerry Hendrix

“The citizens of the United States are unique in that their sense of national identity is derived from ideas rather than an ethnic or language base. To the extent that there is an American ‘culture,’ it is tied to this sense, which can be briefly described, as Tocqueville did, as American individualism. This idea separates each person from their past and empowers them to pursue happiness as they see fit so long as their actions do not impinge upon the liberty and lives of their fellow citizens. Rather than limiting itself to the domestic sphere, however, this public philosophy has foreign policy implications, or even complications.” (07/01/24)