We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The USA is the worst country in the world. Europe is a terrible ex-colonial place in its death throes, a quaint museum with food. European civilization is the worst the world has produced. The Western World is obsolete and evil, etc.
Academia across the West has adopted the teachings of the German professors of the 70 years prior to WWII. Those professors created the ideological basis that became Nazism. After the Nazis were defeated, the professors in all Western countries took up the same teachings tweaked to avoid the Nazi link. Even in America the universities abandoned the Scottish university (real enlightenment) in favor of the medieval university which was organized for the benefit of the "scholars" and did not emphasize teaching.
For more than seventy years the German professors of political science, history, law, geography and philosophy eagerly imbued their disciples with a hysterical hatred of capitalism, and preached the war of “liberation” against the capitalistic West. The German “socialists of the chair,” much admired in all foreign countries, were the pacemakers of the two World Wars. At the turn of the century the immense majority of the Germans were already radical supporters of socialism and aggressive nationalism. They were then already firmly committed to the principles of Nazism. What was lacking and was added later was only a new term to signify their doctrine.
The medieval university differed in many respects with our idea of a modern university. It was primarily a guild of teachers and scholars, formed for common protection and mutual aid. It was a republic of letters, whose members were exempt from all services private and public, all personal taxes and contributions, and from all civil procedure in courts of law. The teaching function was secondary, and often entirely overlooked. The Scottish university from the beginning, however, emphasized the teaching function, and created an atmosphere academic rather than civil or political.
Anti-Westernism has been of great interest to me for several decades. It has been the prevailing ideology for these past 30 years, but it may be starting to ebb. It started out in academia whereby the thought was "all cultures are equal, they are just different."
But it became apparent that for the past 500 years virtually everything of value to humankind was created by the West.
Rather than abandon this idea as invalid, the defense became that the West is only prospering because it exploits other cultures. Therefore, over time, the cry became "all cultures are identical other than Western Culture because it is evil.
This spread to into the fabric of Western society whereby if you were successful, then it was only because you exploited others.
This ideology may be waining or it may be going through a short declining period. We will see.
Donald Trump irritated anti-westerners because he challenges the carefully crafted narrative that all cultures are equal.
When he claimed that certain countries were "shitholes," this flew in the face of this narrative. Those anti-westerners embarrassed themselves when claiming they saw no difference between Ruwanda and Norway.
Therefore, there is a struggle on the world stage between Nationalism and Globalism. We will see who prevails.