Samuel Phillips Huntington, who has just died, was a professor at Harvard and the author of hundreds of articles and a number of controversial books, including The Soldier and the State, The Crisis of Democracy and The Clash of Civilizations.
Huntington coined the phrase "Davos Man" to describe the global elites who cared nothing for country or culture but only for manipulating their global operations.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Fouad Ajami observes that In his last book, Who Are We? Huntington described America's key elements. These will not surprise our readers. They were -
"the English language, Christianity, religious commitment, English concepts of the rule of law, the responsibility of rulers, and the rights of individuals". These were derived from the "distinct Anglo-Protestant culture of the founding settlers of America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries."
Those key elements were also derived from the struggles for freedom, justice and representation that began long before the Protestant Christian culture in the Catholic Christian culture. And, since both Christian cultures were rooted in the Old Testament as well as the New, in Jewish culture.
Many Americans and many Brits are disappointed in their countries. But not Huntington. In remarks that we think apply to Britain as well as to America he wrote-
"Critics say that America is a lie because its reality falls so far short of its ideals. They are wrong. America is not a lie; it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope."