WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary….
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byVanderleunonOctober 24, 2019
“One of the things I wish one could communicate better to people is that all the things that they think are excluding people are not, they’re offering people the best chance they’ll ever have in their lives to get to civilization, or civilization to get to them. And when people rail against things like this city we’re sitting in, think that it epitomizes capitalism and patriarchy and racism and more and more, I just think, I wish more people could take the attitude that I’ve taken throughout my life to these things, which is, you don’t have to be tub-thumping, you don’t have to be a wild flag raving patriot or anything like that. But your attitude should be gratitude. I mean, it’s not as if this is nothing. The city we’re sitting in is enough for a whole lifetime and a very, very well-lived lifetime. And it’s all there. All of the literature, the books, the art, the thought, the music, everything, it’s there, and all you have to do is to reach out and take it and be part of it, and that seems to me, in this culture of hatred and this thing I go into in “The Madness of Crowds” of this just endless zero-sum hatred and bitterness and blame, it’s just to turn that around and say, how about feeling grateful? Because what we have is a blip in human history to have the right to have, and we would be so damn stupid to give it away for nothing.” — Douglas Murray | Hoover Institution
“From a student radical/hippie/leftist of the Free Speech Movement/Vietnam Day Commitee era and a full-on Democratic Liberal in the decades after, I think I’ve evolved a politics that is neither right nor left but is, in its elemental nature, draconian. In the last 20 years, I’ve taken apart my beliefs with a sledgehammer. Now I’ve got to put the surviving parts back together with tweezers and other ‘shabby equipment, always deteriorating’.”
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