. . . start a conversation about Western Civilization that is neither ironic ("nice idea; we should try it") nor critical ("source of the world's misery") nor nonjudgmental ("China: just as good as us").
Such conversations rarely occur, of course, because those who disdain the civilization that forms the basis of their prosperity and security are obnoxiously loud, while those who recognize the superiority -- not the perfection; the superiority -- of Western Civilization have been taught to keep quiet about their eccentric, politically incorrect belief.
Well. This very conversation starts in earnest at 7:00 p.m. tonight . . .