America can afford to care for its poor, but not the world's poor.
[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 22 February 2017.]
Our world is going through an historical upheaval - possibly the penultimate one for humankind. The salutary effects of western capitalism and colonialism have awakened peoples whose indigenous cultures gave no signs of being on the cusp of technological breakout, industrialization, or aggregation into modern nation-states, let alone exploring new forms of governance that recognize individual fulfillment based on new concepts of liberty and self-determination.
Today western civilization, after many centuries, is coming full circle as it rapidly sheds its former exceptionalism by relinquishing its culture bit by piece while elevating those it formerly taught to become its new teachers. In this progress, we of the west have come to worship the new gods of diversity and inclusivity. What we now belatedly realize is that these new gods are more jealous and demanding of sacrifices than is the God of our fathers. These sacrifices require us to abandon who we were, how we thought, what we valued, and the traditions that defined us.