Oikophobia

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704147804575455523068802824.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion#printMode

I became curious about oikophobia (not taking sides or criticizing anyone or anything but just trying to digest the word and thread) and googled

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oikophobia

and also

http://www.dinocrat.com/archives/2010/08/29/oikophobia/

from which the following excerpt states:

Philosopher Roger Scruton, writing about England a few years ago, used the title of this post to describe a certain sort of intellectual (and quite a few pretend-intellectuals) who have repudiated the national idea. This repudiation is the result of a peculiar frame of mind that has arisen throughout the Western world since the second world war, and which is particularly prevalent among the intellectual and political élites. No adequate word exists for this attitude, though its symptoms are instantly recognised: namely, the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home. Oikophobia is a stage through which the adolescent mind normally passes. But it is a stage in which some people — intellectuals especially — tend to become arrested.

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