Perhaps it is not a coincidence that sentimentality, or “the reliance on feelings as a guide to truth” became a mainstream staple during the 18th century, at the height of European colonial expansion. While the European Empires were defining the racial and gender hierarchies that still rule us to this day, sentimentality became the dominant way of “knowing”.

Sentimentality and the building blocks of bigotry – This Political Woman – Medium

My latest on how sentimentality shapes politics in the age of sentimental bigots such as Trump, Wilders, Farage or Le Pen.

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