Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the December 2013 issue

TimeA daft diatribe from the clearly berserk columnist Joe Klein, in extremis over the “radical nihilist minority of the Republican Party” but full of gratitude for the Renaissance wonders of his generation, that is to say, “rock ’n’ roll, The Sopranos,” and—get this—“Whole Foods.” I say commit him to a loony bin:Is it just me, or is there a whiff of the apocalypse in the air? It isn’t hard to locate the immediate cause of the shutdown and impending debt-ceiling debacle: the radical nihilist minority of the Republican Party and the GOP’s craven leadership. Words should not be minced here. These radicals—it is wildly inaccurate to call them conservatives—are a pestilence feeding on ignorance and cynicism, preying on fear as a period of unprecedented prosperity wanes. They are not the apocalypse but represent the desperate last gasp of the white majority and of an era. My generation’s era….

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.