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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Old Order Passeth

Victor Davis Hanson argues, quite cogently, that the fundamental assumptions upon which people of my generation -- those who came of age in the middle third of the Twentieth Century -- organized their existence no longer hold. Things have changed in a fundamental way. The things in which we trusted have ceased to be trustworthy. News sources, universities, pensions, international relations, all have changed, almost beyond recognition, and those who benefited from the old system are not happy about it.

In response to this topsy-turvy world, the traditional media, tenured professors, well-paid public employees, rigid ethnic and racial lobbies, unions, organized retirees, open-borders advocates and entrenched politicians all are understandably claiming that we live in an uncivil age. 

We well may, but we also are seeing the waning of an old established order. And the resulting furor suggests that the old beneficiaries are not going quietly into that good night.
Indeed, today's "progressive" coalition is the new reactionary force in American political culture and attempts attempts to reassert the old verities by which their members have lived are best described as pathetic.

Read his piece here.

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