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Some on the left are freaking out about Trump's use of the concept of 'the West' in a speech he recently delivered in Poland.
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Peter Beinart claims that Trump is using the word as 'a statement of racial and religious paranoia'.
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In his speech Trump explicitly cites a set of philosophical and cultural ideals.
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these ideals emerged from the ancient hive mind that is western civilization.
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ideals like the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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ideals like freedom of speech upon which all other freedoms rely for their existence.
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ideals like representative democracy.
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the free market.
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decentralization of power.
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these ideals are the foundation of a civilization which fosters the most human welfare both for its members and for many who aren't so lucky.
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many have suffered while we work to more perfectly live our ideals.
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many have died so that we are allowed to live them.
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because we are flawed human beings we often fall short of them, but they are still there, inscribed in our constitution, literature, and philosophy.
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instead of critiquing Trump's invocation of the West we should be urging him to live up to its ideals instead of undermining them
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counter-productively some on the left argue against invoking a civilization which makes the very progress they desire possible.
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their time should be better spent.