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"Civilationism" v. "Civilization State"

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Submitted by Robert Blumenblatt (United States), Nov 1, 2022 at 00:46

Dear Dr, Daniel Pipes,

I have found that "Civilizationism" does occur on a Google search it seems to be still a Neologism. I could not find an entry for it in the Merriam Webster dictionary, nor did i find a Wikipedia article on it.

However, I did discover that the expression "Civilization State" is used in scholarly articles and that it has an entry in Wikipedia.

The latter was first used in relation to China in the early 1990s and it is used in contradistinction to Huntington's 1993 famous article, "Class of Civilizations." Apparently, Huntington was wrong to the extent that Westphalian Nation-States would struggle with one another. In this later usage, China, Russia, India, the United States are the Civilization States; these are kind of Neo-Empires in this latest scholarship.

In accordance with your usage and study of Civilization Parties of Europe, it appears that these institutions are part of the discourse or dialectics of the emerging European Union Civilization State, shedding its Liberal Enlightenment past and resorting to its common Traditional Western European (Christian) Civilization, contradictory as it may appear at first glance.

A wonderful article for this subject is the following:

2021 3-13 "New World Fracture Civilizationism and the Failure of Global Liberalism" - Ronan O'Callaghan

There is also this useful article cited elsewhere (as I cited it once before to you), but I could not access it online today:

2017 12-6 "New Language of European Populism" - Rogers Brubaker


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