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Friday, January 29, 2021

Magna Carta Versus Magna Mac

When non-western nations allow western multinational companies to do business inside their borders, they are not accepting western culture—they are accepting only western money, trading strategies, and technology. Samuel Huntington rightly notes in his book The Clash of Civilizations: “The argument now that the spread of pop culture and consumer goods around the world represents the triumph of Western civilization trivializes Western culture. The essence of Western civilization is the Magna Carta, not the Magna Mac. The fact that non-Westerners may bite into the latter has no implications for their accepting the former.” China is America’s biggest business partner, but in the cultural and political sense, the two countries can never be alike.

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