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Slimed in France

The French are letting fungus destroy one of mankind’s most important artistic treasures, according to this story. The Lascaux cave, with its 17,000-year-old paintings, have been described as man’s “first affirmation of himself, and expression of his own newness–when, by the ways and means of art, he entered into contact with the power, brilliance, and joyful mastery of a force that is essentially the force of a beginning, or a beginning-again.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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