Ilana Mercer's Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa

A while back, I reviewed Ilana Mercer's Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.  Shortly afterwards, she and I began to correspond with one another.  On the eve of the release of the book's paperback edition, its author graciously invited me to write its afterword.  I was honored to do so.  The classics of political philosophy are no different from those of any other genre inasmuch as they reflect, even if subtly, the relativities of time and place from which they sprang.  Highly theoretical works like Plato's Republic, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, and John Locke's Second Treatise of Government are no exceptions. Still, while such works emerged from their progenitors' preoccupations with the concrete political realities of their time, it would be a mistake of the first order to equate them with these concerns.  In other words, there isn't a single contributor to the political-philosophical imagination of the Western...(Read Full Article)

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