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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Newt Gingrich, Collectivist

When Newt Gingrich declared the Palestinians an "invented people," his purpose was to delegitimate their aspirations for justice and freedom. I guess for Gingrich, individuals don't have rights to those things unless they comprise a people in his eyes.

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John T. Kennedy said...

Aren't we talking about Palistinian aspirations for a Palestinain state here?

Sheldon Richman said...

In the current context, I'm afraid we must.

Speedmaster said...

Given that definition, aren't we Americans an invented people?

Sheldon Richman said...

Most peoples are. The nation-state is relatively new in human history.