What lies ahead
Ed H. writes:
We struggle to imagine what a new country, or even an “ark,” might be like, we vainly think we will be free to pursue choices. But what will happen is that history will choose for us. Forces are at work beyond our comprehension, and American history contains no parallel situation to use as a guide. We have now stepped across a threshold into a space where utterly new and alien forces are coming into play. Never has the mainstream culture of this country—white, European, Christian—been threatened in such an existential manner as it is now. As cultural genocide and dispossession begin to play out, as whites find out what dispossession really means,—poverty, powerlessness, humiliation—a incoherent bitterness and rage beyond bounds will be unleashed. The current black-on-white intifada is perhaps an opening motif. This is an not an encouragement of violence, it is simply a sense of foreboding that does have some world precedent. The vapid slogans of multiculturalism that started the now unfolding catastrophe will be like idealistic naïveté of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité that started the French Revolution but which segued into ten years of riots, massacres, guillotines, and famines, followed in turn by a further fifteen years of Napoleonic wars. Where we are now is the same place Chekhov’s Russian middle class stood a couple of decades before the Revolution. Spoiled, pampered, complacent. How could you describe to them what the next forty years would bring to their world?
Dave T. writes:
I see America as being at the tail-end of a typical life-cycle of a polyglot empire. Its government overextended, its culture decadent, and its political leadership ideologically wooden. So, if history is any guide, it seems to me that we should expect America to break off into various pieces following a period of intense crisis at some point in the near future. Is that not the fate of all polyglot empires?LA replies:
I quote, not for the first time, the end of Chapter II of The Path to National Suicide:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 20, 2012 09:59 AM | Send