Response to my “Forever Young” post has been quite favorable, but several readers have suggested that I’m too dismissive of the danger posed by those who have neither learned nor forgotten anything since 1974, and their disciples. The criticism reminds me of this quotation from Irving Kristol that appeared in Roger Kimball’s recent piece, “After the Suicide of the West”:
[S]ector after sector of American life has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. It is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. It cannot win, but it can make us all losers.
I take the point. It’s difficult to defeat those who are out to destroy us when an influential political and cultural bloc sees those Americans who stand against political and social collectivsim and moral anarchy as the greatest threat to our country.