White House Aide Plagiarizes in Newspaper Column
Here's an excerpt:
There have been many ways of answering the question, “What is Europe?” But a handy way to think of the matter is the paradigm of “Athens” and “Jerusalem.” In this paradigm, those terms designate both the two cities we have all heard of, and also two kinds of mind.
The tradition designated “Athens” is associated with philosophy and with critical exercise of mind. The tradition associated with “Jerusalem” is associated with monotheism.
If both cities had been European, then what? Is Hart saying no one except Europeans could think philosophically or critically? Or that monotheism was somehow required for the founding of the United States? The first statement is demonstrably false and the second is worthless speculation.
And what's the relevance of thinking critically or believing in one god to our language, legal system, or political institutions? Nothing, judging by Hart's essay. He fails to make the connection between Jerusalem and Athens (or any other pair of cities) and Britain.
Britain was a monarchy when the colonists rebelled against it, so that's one huge "political arrangement" they didn't emulate. In fact, the nascent Americans derived many of their political and philosophical attitudes from Indians. Foremost among these were our beliefs in liberty and equality, neither of which was widespread in Europe.
Any questions? For more on the roots of Western civilization, see Multicultural Origins of Civilization and Greek Lies, Historic Truth. For more on how Indians influenced America, see Indians Gave Us Enlightenment and America's Cultural Roots.