It has become fashionable of late among the leftist elites to accuse the West of pilfering its treasures — both physical resources and intellectual innovations — from native and minority cultures. The clear moral lesson, we are to understand, is that there is nothing particularly noteworthy or exceptional about Western culture and by extension about America. Instead, we should feel deep shame that our ancestors expropriated the physical and intellectual capital of the peoples we conquered.
In this timely and illuminating pamphlet, Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer addresses this lie head-on. “Stealing the West’s Cultural Heritage” is an urgent and essential read for both students of history and those who wish to understand how the academic left is adopting a false and dishonest narrative to undermine Western heritage.