I always thought it would be difficult to imagine a period in which the West would be more adrift than the 1970s. Being a child at the time, I was spared consciousness of most of that miserable decade. Thus far, however, the second decade of the 2000s seems likely to give the 10 years that spawned Watergate, stagflation, the Carter presidency, the Oil Crisis, Idi Amin, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, the Red Brigades, and the Iranian Revolution (to name just a few of the star attractions) a serious run for its money as a byword for Western decline.


One everyday sign of this malaise is the fact that much of the West remains, as in the seventies, mired in what’s now called the Long Slump. And persistently unhealthy economies are usually symptomatic of an unwillingness to acknowledge deeper problems. Examples are most Western governments’ reluctance to accept that it’s game-over for the regulatory and welfare state as-we-knew-it, or to do something about the growing cancer of crony-capitalism.

Sometimes, however, an event occurs that highlights the more fundamental crises that bedevil a civilization. The rise of a movement as diabolical as ISIS, for instance, has surely underscored the bankruptcy of what might be called the sentimental humanitarian outlook that dominates so many contemporary shapers of the West’s cultural consensus.

Sentimental humanitarianism has several features. One is the mind-set that reduces evil to structural causes. “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains,” proclaimed Rousseau in his Du contrat socialFrom this, many concluded that evil would disappear if the right people were put in charge to change the structures.

Sentimental humanitarianism also assumes that all religions are more-or-less the same and, given the right conditions, will vacillate their way towards something as innocuous as today’s Church of England. But as a wise recently retired pope once wrote, a major failure of imagination since the 1960s has been the disinclination to concede that thereare “sick and distorted forms of religion.”

Despite its claims to take the mind seriously, sentimental humanitarianism is also rather “uncomfortable” (to use classic sentimental humanitarian language) with any substantive understanding of reason. It tends to reduce most debates to exchanges of feelings. You know you’re dealing with a sentimental humanitarian whenever someone responds to arguments with expressions such as “Well, I just feel…” or “You can’t say that,” or (the ultimate trump-card) “That’s hurtful.”

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no argument with the article.. but throughout reading it I kept thinking about the 80s, 90s, and 2000s decades and what were the 'conservatives' doing??.

some things I remember along the 'where is my culture' lines is;

. a city (Austin) that ridiculed the whole concept of having principles - would literally laugh at the word principles in use... and very few were challenging this.

. the phrase 'It is what it is.' may have become the most destructive attitude and overused phrase ever (maybe closely challenged by 'lesser of two evils'). Where have the 'conservatives' been challenging this?? My experiences say they've been chanting it too, with very very few challenging it.

. the politically correct effect.. where were the 'conservatives' challenging this ramping up of oppression of thought and censorship over all 3 of those decades?? Very few refused to honor such foolishness, more were likely joining in on the wrong side.

the diversity 'training'... who dared ever challenge that??  Very few..

... just a few of the things that came to mind while reading this article. Things growing in our culture that were obvious for decades -- but where were the 'conservatives' working against them?? Few and far between IMO. Sadly, even though the word 'incapable' doesn't apply, they/we weren't confronting the obvious evil growing in our country either.

commuting long hours! (urban sprawl) in the metro areas... dropping young children off at daycare at 6 a.m. grumpy and tired to pick up at 7 p.m. (now, tired and grumpy)  - an hour max if that with the family (and fast or processed foods)-  parents too - grumpy and tired. 

While this was daily life for the middle class AND their children, the "ball" was being moved.

How ironic to see this item this morning.  I was watching a movie called "Immortals", butchered Greek mythology. There's a scene where the king says "Can't we negotiate?" upon which the bad guy summarily beheads him.  A classic statement of the Liberal approach to dealing with evil.

their favorite words when you were trying to do a job:

"that is not my job"

"everbody does it"

"are you holier than though"

"Me first, me second and me third, and the rest can wait"

and just like Obama..."is not my fault, nobody told me"

Liberalism IS THE EVIL MAN!

wise words!  a world can't be run on feelings - the process automatically, keeps everyone from even wanting to think and then you start [thinking]. 

where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

(was listening to while reading... just for fun and kinda fits...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C1BCAgu2I8

It starts with being "politically correct" which distorts  or censors the truth. Being PC moves you from the logical basis to the emotional basis, which is self defeating. Go to get back to logic and the rational realm.

true...  you notice when attempting a conversation with a liberal, you ask them for their "thoughts" - but they only recite back what has been given (talking points) in opinion by one of the "leaders"...even if nothing they say makes sense.   so, then you comment:  yes, I'm aware, I've already read that in the news... I was asking what your own thoughts were on the subject...  but they have no thought other than that PC tag line stuff they've been told and repeat almost verbatim in kind.  So... sometimes you wonder if they are following the PC movement so closely, are they even allowed their own "emotions" anymore?  Seems if you get that far in, they just go hysterical on you.  Really, kind of sad.

Liberals are spoiled children that never grew up. For several years we have watched as our children were taught at school and on TV  to go home and reprimand their parents for smoking, not being green enough, serving the wrong food, etc. the problem is acting on peoples white quilt the parents allowed this attitude to prevail. Now those same children are running our government thanks to Obama being elected. If there is a adult any where in the Obama administration they have been scolded and told to shut up!  

Television has been & continues to corrupt our culture!
I have observed TV since 1950 when it was a decent, respectful and informative mediam! It has turned into trash which addresses the lowest common denominator decades ago! (except for select programs.) TV insults my intelligence and anyone that spends much time watching it is not very intelligent!
I have not had Television in my home for three years!
Join a Tea Party and help us take back our country from the New York TV and Hollywood communists!

Earth's population has been in decline, or should I say, on a dwindling spiral for a very long time. Respite only comes with the occasional appearance of a new religion having affirmations of the old while dispensing new understandings. That seems to be the case with Bahá'í and Scientology, both are today's meeting grounds for the soul and its possible redemption...Semper Fi Nam 66-67 

Liberals are capable of fighting their definition of Evil~~They consider the NRA, Tea Party, anti abortion crowd, Fox News, and those gun and bible clinger's~~Evil~~ Communists, Fascists, Muslim fanatics~~not so much ! 

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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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