Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City

In “The Plague,” Camus’ theme was fascism. The final paragraph in that book surely resonates with the news today and the deeply pernicious way fascism takes root in a culture: He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good;Continue reading “Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City”

The American “Character”

Prior to the emergence of Covid19, I would have predicted that Americans would find a way to confront the challenge of a once in a century pandemic. I’m not naïve or sanguine about the wisdom of the American public or its leaders. In fact, I’m usually pretty cynical about the U.S. But we’ve faced commonContinue reading “The American “Character””

To Go Off the Rails is the Human Condition

The great conservative manifesto that one must stand athwart history yelling “stop!” is ultimately corrosive. That screed will drift away from reality and become a rigid, abstract ideology that enforces a systematically false picture of how the world works. This is what has happened to conservatism. Change happens no matter how hard you resist it.Continue reading “To Go Off the Rails is the Human Condition”