Reading and Thinking

Solvang: Cultural battles in California’s Little Denmark

1) Philipp Wittrock, “Etwas ist faul im kalifornischen Klein-Dänemark; Das Städtchen Solvang in Kalifornien wirkt idyllisch, doch zuletzt gab es Drohungen, Schimpftiraden, eine Regenbogenfahne brannte. Hier tobt der große amerikanische Kulturkampf. Sogar Kopenhagens Bürgermeisterin mischt sich ein, Der Spiegel, den 8. Mai 2023 (15.33 Uhr);

2) Philipp Wittrock, “Something is rotten in California’s Lesser-Denmark; The town of Solvang in California looks idyllic, but recently there were threats, insults, a rainbow flag burned. The great American cultural struggle is raging here. Even Copenhagen’s mayor interferes, Der Spiegel, May 8, 2023 (3:35 pm);

By James Rowles

James Rowles is a writer, teacher, international lawyer, and international development expert.

He is particularly interested in the Epistemology of Truth, and how mass propaganda, social media, and other phenomena shape the nature of consciousness and the ascertainment of facts in the world today.

James holds an undergraduate degree in History (Modern Europe) and law degrees from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in International Law from Harvard Law School, where he has also taught as a Lecturer on Law.

James is a polyglot, who speaks fluent French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, and also knows other languages. His regular if not daily reading includes U.S. newspapers, the Guardian, die Welt, Le Monde, El País, and Veja.

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