My good blog-friend Isaac (who I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting at Boyd ’07 at Quantico) sent me “Fighting Identity: Why We Are Losing Our Wars” by Micahel Vlahos. Don’t worry Isaac: I won’t hold it against you. 😉
Vlahos’ article essentially is an abridgment of In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong by Amin Maalouf. Violence is seen as an outgrowth of Identity, a non-defined term that is a hidden hand in human relationships. While neither Maalouf nor Vlahos bother to defnie their term, the term “identity” is typically used in one of two ways:
- metacognitive awareness of one’s own preference schedule
- an in-group/out-group marker
This raises the question: Does America need an identity?
By the first definition, not really. Maybe, but it’s not going to happen, and if it did it might not be good. Hence the importance of 5GW.
By the second definition, sure. That’s why we bother have passports and visas.
The rest of the article is a mish-mash of other European fads, including a belief in the state as a monopolizer of force, the view that globalization is essentailly a destructice force, and other boobytraps for the mind.