Among the "woke" it is an article of faith that Western Civilization has been an unalloyed bad for the world and must always be condemned.
The argument put forward by Joe Henrich in his new book is audacious and surprising.
Over the next several years, the noble sentiments and ideas that gave birth to the United States will either be repudiated or reaffirmed.
Two weeks ago, he passed away. The revered historian spent his life defending the French language, the Western canon, and civilization at large.
The world has become freer, more just, more compassionate, gentler, and more equal. But there is clearly room for improvement.
For the origins of ‘woke’ culture, look to the turn that higher education took half a century ago.
West understood more clearly than anyone the allure of Communism for educated Westerners.
I’m talking about Francois Guizot’s The History of Civilization in Europe, a great account of the development of civilization in the West.