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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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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