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If the intelligentsia agreed the system was going to have to change, a way would be found. But they are protected too, many of them tenured and idle on a thousand university campuses across the land.
The often wealthy leaders of modern-day liberalism can live comfortably in their own cocooned world. They are sustained by the conviction of their own moral superiority because (unlike self-interested businessmen) they want to help other people. So by their lights they are public spirited. The catch is that they want to help others with other people’s money, not their own. Their moral ambition is really a disguised form of vanity. They also believe that if the unproductive are to be saved, the rich must be punished.
Most transfers are to older, less healthy, non-working people. And there are more of them every day. With births now well below replacement levels all over the Western world, and staying that way, the crisis will be unavoidable.
The huge expansion in the approved functions of the state was the overwhelming political development of the 20th century. In recent years the leaders of Western countries have been pretending to pay for their spending spree by running up an unpaid credit card at the national level. It cannot be sustained and will not be, even if our current debt-ceiling deadline passes without repercussions.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online