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Michael van der Galien

A Debating on Equality at The Corner

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Posted on January 9 2010 2:30 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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I’m very, very sorry not to have responded sooner to Yuval’s post. That point is well taken. I took, perhaps mistakenly, Cooper to be arguing about political and social institutions rather than aspirational ideals, and perhaps that would explain why he did not mention the Declaration in this passage. Earlier, in the same book, he says: “The celebrated proposition contained in the declaration of independence is not to be understood literally. All men are not ‘created equal,’ in a physical, or even in a moral sense, unless we limit the signification to one of political rights. This much is true, since human institutions are a human invention, with which nature has had no connection.” I am only familiar with The American Democrat (and Last of the Mohicans, but that’s another matter) so I don’t know if he grappled more with the significance of the Declaration in another setting.

Read the entire debate at The Corner.

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