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'Oikophobia': Our Western Self-Hatred

'Oikophobia': Our Western Self-Hatred
Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP

It was an Italian evening in late summer at the end of the previous decade, and I was having dinner outside in the shade of the Roman Colosseum—the emblem of a decadent Empire whose ruins were everywhere to be seen. One of my fellow diners, a young graduate student of Ancient History, suddenly made the disquieting observation that she could never speak ill of another culture. 

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