Saturday, October 16, 2010

Then and now

If you believed the political rhetoric on the right these days you'd be convinced that our country is teetering on the edge of a totalitarian abyss. It is true that our governments are deeply flawed and need to be reformed but we need to maintain our perspective.

Will Wilkinson

In the age of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini, it was profoundly wise to vigilantly stand guard against any possible slide into collectivist totalitarianism. But now, almost 70 years later, it is abundantly clear that the prevailing sort of liberal-democratic welfare state has no general tendency toward tyranny. David Frum is right: we are not on the road to serfdom. 

4 comments:

Purpleslog said...

I would say that we are teetering on a financial collapse and an American system collapse. I don't know what would come afterwards. I don't want to find out either.

As far as Europe, Eurabia-ization will only go so far before the backlash kicks in.

phil said...

We're definitely in the midst of a fiscal crisis at all levels of gov't. But I don't believe we are going to collapse. We've faced worse crises before and came out stronger. This crisis is going to force us to thing differently about how we govern. It will be hard but we will figure out how to manage our governments in our present circumstances.

As for Europe...Europe has been such a monumental pain in the ass over the past hundred years that I really don't care about them. We have spent too much blood and treasure cleaning up their messes and all the thanks we get is some insane, anti-American bigotry. They are low on the strategic totem pole as far as I'm concerned.

phil said...
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phil said...

Perhaps the backlash has already begun:
Merkel: German multiculturalism 'utterly failed'