The Corner

New World Order

My weekend column is (not for the first time, alas) about our suicidal complacency and assumptions of permanence. By way of example:

AFP – China has made a “secret commitment” to prop up the crisis-hit eurozone in return for budget reforms and public sector cuts, the Sunday Times reported, amid ongoing turmoil over the region’s debt crisis.

The paper said Chinese representatives at the Paris G20 finance gathering on Saturday had indicated that Beijing was willing to pump tens of billions into the eurozone to purchase infrastructure assets from debt-plagued nations.

Consider how mystifying that opening sentence would seem to any American or Westerner of a mere 40 years ago. This is the world we have made – and all the OWS gang have to offer is more of the same self-indulgent profligacy that got us into the hole. 

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, After America (2011), is a top-five bestseller in ...

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