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  3. I love it. (Cultural appropriation sirens go off) Seriously, how did the “multicultural” Left transform into the enforcers of xenophobia? Human culture = cultural appropriation . . . that’s a good thing, overall.

  4. Also, I have a theory about “imperial peoples” and “tribal peoples.” The imperial folks are into cultural appropriation — they’re interested in the rest of the world and have a strong cosmopolitan aspect in their national character. This need not conflict with a healthy nationalism and sense of identity. Indeed, the latter allows for the former to be useful and strengthening (broadening those horizons). Tribal people, by contrast, are ethno-narcissists — they have little interest in anything that doesn’t prominently concern themselves. As charming as tribals can be, I confess to finding the imperials far more fascinating and worthy of breath. Yet, liberalism is far more dangerous to imperials; without a privileging of one’s own, liberal imperial societies are wont to produce strays who go native — leading Arabs into battle, wearing dashikis on campus, joining ISIS, etc.

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  6. One of our favorite family sing-along songs, well executed and lovely. First thought in my mind was a laughing “Cultural appropriation!” But anyone who appropriates John Denver is OK in my book. That longing for home communicated in the song crosses cultures.

  7. I sang this (in English and not superbly) in a karaoke bar in Tokyo once. When I opened my mouth to start, I thought it was a lark. By the time the words “West Virginia” passed my lips, it definitely wasn’t. After I finished, the guys I was with asked me if it was a traditional American song. No, there are no traditional American songs. But, if there were, this would be one of them.

    • “There are no traditional American songs.” Certainly there are none anymore even if there were in times past. A sad contradiction in the modern scene is that people listen to music constantly (college students are rarely seen in the halls without their “ear buds”) but never has a generation been so unmusical.

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