Dead Souls: The Denationalization of the American Elite

America's elites have forgotten the mystic chords of memory. The American people have not.

Issue: Spring 2004

Debates over national identity are a pervasive characteristic of our time. In part, they raise rhetorical questions, but they also have profound implications for American society and American policy at home and abroad. Different perceptions--especially between the citizenry and the more cosmopolitan elites--of what constitutes national identity generate different national interests and policy priorities.

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