31 December 2010

The values of xenia

The true measure of legitimate authority is xenia. Empire counts as a positive force in human civilization’s history insofar as it promotes and enforces the values of xenia
Political hatred is the institutional expression of xenophobia. When empires crumble and hatred is unleashed on the remnants of ethnic groupings that had enjoyed imperial protection, the resultant system loses the imprimature of legitimate authority. 

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