Thomas Cotton, the Arkansas Senator, thinks Shakespeare was American. He believes that “the Bard” is really an anagram for “The War Drummer,” proving his nationalist theory once and for all.
Cotton dropped this gem during an appearance on Fox News, in which he argued that after the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese students should not be permitted to study sciences in America. “If they want to come here to study Shakespeare, and the Federalist Papers,” he said, “that’s what they need to learn from us.”
With only my name, they were able to find my most recent article. It turns out my most resent article was most likely about my initial thoughts of the Elizabeth Holmes indictment,
Post-coronavirus Chinese xenophobia requires a “supreme enemy to villainize,” according to journalist Tom Cotton. The Arkansas Senator is one of the Republican hawks who need COVID-19 to gain votes. Cotton attempts to stigmatize other countries for America’s failures, despite them being formally mentioned in his speeches.
You would never know that Cotton, who mentions Shakespeare as something Chinese students can “learn from America” lets slip the Western civilization superiority complex that fuels his belief system. It’s the notion that human civilization truly began in ancient Greece, which pioneered novel concepts such as democracy, proper societal structure, and rule of law—dismissing any culture or civilization that came before it.
Despite being debunked by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, Tom Cotton has tweeted that Shakespeare was an American.
Tom Cotton argues that Shakespeare was from the United States. He points to America’s exceptionalism, which is an aspect of Western civilization superiority. He agrees with copyrights from old English texts being credited to the United States. However, this is nothing more than a creeping dogma–something to point to for people who believe in it without considering all sides of the argument.