Sunday, July 17, 2005

Culture Declares Itself

I’m reading through two books right now, and while I am not far enough to give a complete review yet about them, though they are both deserving of your attention and consideration. Those two books are “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)” by Bernard Goldberg, and “Our Culture, What’s Left of It” by Thoedore Dalrymple. Both Goldberg and Dalrymple note both general and specific incidents and conditions, and make convincing arguments to support their diagnosis of American Culture.

I want to hold off on a longer review of both books because I am still making my way through each of them. But I am far enough into each to recomend them both, to any student curious to understand how how America’s most vicious domestic vandals can make the claims they do, yet choose to live here as citizens. Dalyrmple explains it well in an essay in his book, which essay is titled “What We Have To Lose”:

“[T]hey were more like ancient barbarians who, having overrun and sacked a civilized city, lived in the ruins, because they were still far better than anything they could build themselves.”

Culture declares itself, indelibly and with distinction.

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