Thursday, February 28, 2008

Delicious Irony

I just finished reading Jerry Muller's "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism" in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs. It's a solid article, and I'll be posting a critique before too long, but I couldn't help but chuckle as I read the concluding paragraphs, which summed up why Muller thinks that parochial ethnic nationalism will remain a powerful force in contemporary politics. On the opposite page sat an advertisement for the Center for Global Affairs at NYU with the headline; "As a global citizen, to whom do I pledge allegiance?" Who ever said social scientists don't have a sense of humor?

1 comment:

Saint in Exile said...

I noticed something similar in the previous issue in an essay titled "The Rise of China and the Future of the West", subtitled "Can the Liberal System Survive?". 4 pages into it, I encountered a full-page, glossy color ad that says in about size 72 font "Go East."

This was probably more deliberate marketing on the part of the advertiser, but it certainly reflects how they would answer the question. "No, it can't survive. Join us or die."