Friday, August 27, 2010

James Taranto: "Why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting"

He thinks it's Oikophobia.


"The Ground Zero mosque is an affront to the sensibilities of ordinary Americans. 'The center's association with 9/11 is intentional and its location is no geographic coincidence,' as the Associated Press has reported. That Americans would find this offensive is a matter of simple common sense. The liberal elites cannot comprehend common sense, and, incredibly, they think that's a virtue. After all, common sense is so common.

The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: 'the disposition, in any conflict, to side with "them" against "us", and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably 'ours.' What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left."

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