It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
On what the world would lose with the decline and fall of the United States.
was right!Support The
The specter of decline and fall has long haunted the Western mind. For fifteen hundred years after the fall of Rome, the causes of its collapse have been examined. The most common lesson was that decline was integral to the system, just as death is integral to life: the responsibilities of a great power ultimately generate its own collapse. Edward Gibbon wrote:
the decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and as soon as time, or accident, had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight.
Immanuel Kant agreed: “the laws progressively lose their impact as the government increases its range, and a soulless despotism, after crushing the germs of goodness, will f ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 30 January 2012, on page 17
Copyright © 2014 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Pax-Americana-7249
E-mail to friend
Samuel Huntington, civilizations, and what makes the English-speaking people great
On government regulation, media bias, and the challenges of the digital age.
On the successes of the "common law."
How humanities professors are letting identity politics destroy their discipline.
Revisiting the philosopher through his personal notebooks
November 04 2014
Friends and Young Friends Event: Election Night Party
November 12 2014
Friends and Young Friends Event: Book Launch Party with Andrew Roberts
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"