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    The achievement of nationhood is a product not only of time and circumstance but usually of war and suffering as well.
    — William Pfaff
    America's problem is how to free itself from the grip of it's exhausted ideas.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: problem  america  ideas 
     
    For four hundred years European civilization has dominated the world - for better or for worse. It is convenient, and flattering, for Americans to assume that this is all over; but it very rash to do so.
    — William Pfaff
    Europeans believe in democracy - or, at least, in republican government - but they have considered the alternatives, and continue to do so, and that scandalizes Americans.
    — William Pfaff
    We Americans really seem to be the only truly non-socialist economy on earth.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: earth  american 
     
    The problems of elites is an old one for which Americans have found no solid answer.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: problem  american 
     
    The moral spectacle of capitalism still offends, as does American capitalism's implacable insistence that the market determine value even in the political, intellectual, and artistic spheres.
    — William Pfaff
    But Americans are different from everyone else in the world - except the Canadians, and Americans are more different from the Canadians than they often think.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: world  american 
     
    The center holds; passion falls away. That is what happened ideologically in Western Europe over recent years.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: passion  year 
     
    Foreign policy deals across time as well as space.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: time  space 
     
    It is one of the perceptual defects of Western government and press to assign Western-style motives to what people do in non-Western societies, as if these are universally relevant.
    — William Pfaff
    The truth is that history constantly presents new problems in the guise of old.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: truth  present  problem 
     
    Our culture is teleological-it presumes purposive development and a conclusion.
    — William Pfaff
    The accounts that history presents have to be paid. Past has to be reconciled with present in the life of a nation. History is an insistent force: the past is what put us where we are. the past cannot be put behind until it is settled with.
    — William Pfaff
    tags: past  present 
     
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