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JOSHUA MITCHELL is professor of political at Georgetown University. The author of numerous journal articles and four books, most recently, Tocqueville in Arabia, Professor Mitchell’s research focuses on Western political philosophy and theology. In 2005, he was part of the team responsible for founding Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. From 2008-10, while on leave from Georgetown, Professor Mitchell served as acting chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. He lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
America has always been committed to the idea that citizens can work together to build a common world. Today, three afflictions keep us from pursuing that noble ideal. The first and most obvious affliction is identity politics, which seeks to transform America by turning politics into a religious venue of sacrificial offering.