I have been traveling a lot which, together with indexing my book, has prevented me from posting much. Today, I am at the Hilton at Embassy Row in DC before my final lecture on contract law for LawPreview Monday at GW law school. (Say Hi to me tomorrow if you are an NRO reader.)
I spent most of the day lounging on the roof deck here by Dupont Circle listening to the hate-filled left-wing speeches wafting over from the park. Thankfully, I could not really hear most of what was said but, man, these guys are ticked at everything. We are really in a serious culture war that has not really changed at all from Vietnam, back to the communist movement of the 1930s-1950s, and beyond into the past. There is no end of history and we are condemned to repeat it.
Which brings to mind a wonderful piece I read today in the National Review magazine: “The Two Europes” by Michael Knox Beran, where he traces the modern cultural conflict between the French-Germans on the one hand the and the Anglo-Americans on the other to Roman empire and its European “barbarian” rivals. It is a real eye-opener. One of those analysis pieces that seems so right that
you imagine you always thought this way, even though you know you didn’t. I
wish I could link to it, but the magazine is not on-line. All I can do is urge you get your hands on a copy of National Review. Here is the summary from elsewhere on this website:
In challenging the United States over Iraq, Chirac surely knew that he stood little chance of persuading President Bush to change course. Yet here was a means of demonstrating to the world that, whatever its faults as an engine of economic progress, the Romano-European state nevertheless embodies a higher type of civilization than that of the Anglo-Americans. It was an inspired exercise in salesmanship. Intellectuals of various stripes rallied to Chirac’s standard and argued that Romano-Europe — the same civilization that gave the world absolutism, Bonapartism, socialism, National Socialism, fascism, and Francoism — is somehow morally superior to the coarser civilization of the “Anglosphere.” As long as men like President Chirac can persuade the chattering classes that in defending Romano-European traditions they are
resisting a shallow American materialism, they will find useful support in
their effort to prevent would-be Mrs. Thatchers from rising up to take them