"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

VDH on Western Cultural Suicide

Victor Davis Hanson, writing today on what used to be called "the suicide of the west," offers this nugget which encapsulates the emptiness of multiculturalist elitism about as succinctly as anything I've read:

The hip metrosexual cultures of the urban West strain to find fault in their inheritance, and seem to appreciate those who do that in the most cool fashion — but always with the expectation that there will be some poor blokes who, in terms of clean water, medical care, free speech, and dependable electricity, ensure that London is not Lagos, that Stockholm is not Damascus, and that Los Angeles is not Nuevo Laredo.
Just so.   Our elites are constantly criticizing American culture and American society, while effectively extollling the virtues and "authenticity" of the Third World, yet none of them would want to live without iPads and cable and home delivery of the New York Times and pedicures and plentiful abundant food of all varieties and workout clubs and the whole panoply of widely available leisure in this, the most spoiled nation in history.  

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