Magazine June 11, 2012, Issue

Eutopia, Limited

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As the advanced social-democratic Big Government state sinks under a multi-trillion-dollar debt avalanche, the conventional wisdom remains all too conventional, and disinclined even to mount an argument. So much “progressive” debate boils down to Ring Lardner’s great line:

“Shut up,” he explained.

It’s an oft-retailed quote. But fewer people know the line that precedes it (in Lardner’s novel The Young Immigrunts): a kid asking, “Are you lost, Daddy?”

As any motoring pater knows, it’s not easy to give an honest answer to that question. And the hardest thing of all is to turn around and go back, retracing your steps to the point

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Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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