We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No sooner had humanity emerged from a century of hot and cold wars than Fukuyama was resurrecting Nietzsche’s admonition that a world of peace and prosperity would be a world of Last Men. “The life of the last men is one of physical security and material plenty, precisely what Western politicians are fond of promising their electorates,” he pointed out. “Should we fear that we will be both happy and satisfied with our situation, no longer human beings but animals of the species homo sapiens?”
While Fukuyama appreciates the seriousness of the Nietzschean warning, he hears it from the perspective of a partisan, not a foe, of liberalism. The danger he foresees is not simply that bourgeois democracy will cause human beings to degenerate, but that degenerate human beings will be unable to preserve democracy. Without the sense of pride and the love of struggle that Fukuyama, following Plato, calls thymos, men—and there is always an implication that thymos is a specifically masculine virtue—cannot establish freedom or protect it:
It is only thymotic man, the man of anger who is jealous of his own dignity and the dignity of his fellow citizens, the man who feels that his worth is constituted by something more than the complex set of desires that make up his physical existence—it is this man alone who is willing to walk in front of a tank or confront a line of soldiers. And it is frequently the case that without such small acts of bravery in response to small acts of injustice, the larger train of events leading to fundamental changes in political and economic structures would never occur.
Screw Democracy. If you want struggle, struggle to Preserve, protect and defend the constitution. No constitution is needed in a democracy. Only within a republic with a government of defined responsibilities and powers. The governing structure of this country was that of a Federal Republic. The republic is in danger because of "Democracy". It has become an oligarchy centered in a massive administrative state whose only concern is it's own preservation. We have become a pathetic people unable to govern ourselves. The virtuous republic has morphed into Fukayama's degenerate people because of his all too common 'liberal' misunderstanding and thus advocacy of 'democracy' as something heroic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Democracy is not about heroic struggle but about demagoguery and the mob.
Me thinks, the Europe may be worth saving but the Daisy they have picked, Hussein is wearing drag and won't save but destroy through surrendering to Barbarism which will not back down as he/it does in 'Saturday'.
The real HusseinO who publicly does obesiance before the King of barbarism isn't Miss Daisy.
Wait a minute, Tom C ... You say "we have become a pathetic people unable to govern ourselves." Some Americans may deserve that description, but a lot more of us don't. To begin with, our warriors don't. Our Army, our Marines, our Navy and Air force don't deserve those words. The great number of decent Americans don't deserve the words -- and there are millions of us throughout this country who do not.
We've been euchred by clever political crooks into electing a manifestly unsuitable, ill-equipped, ill-educated, malignant narcissist as President, and his actions, and those of his helpers, have sent the economy and our society into what seems to be a death-spiral. But the great number of us are not quitters, not suckers, not whiners. We're fighters. And we'll fight back. We already are, with spontaneous protests called Tea Parties springing up all over America from coast to coast. Groups of us are organizing other targeted protests against the widespread corruption which has become prevalent in Congress.
We got complacent during the long period of prosperity we had before the turn of the century, and let our elected leaders in Congress pass damaging legislation which allowed crooks to flourish and to damage the great engine of free enterprise which has created so much wealth, not only for us in this country but for much of the rest of the world not under the sway of statism.
But we're "not down yet," as the song states. Maybe the folks in your peer group seem to be that way, but this group of MaggiesFarmers. and the Texans I've been living among since 1971 are not submissive.
Marianne- Of course I agree with your sentiments. There are a couple of facts that are fairly distrubing, however. A majority of the people now recieve 'entitlements' from the federal government. More folks work for government than in manufacturing. We are a consumption economy funded by debt. The financial system, since 1913, has been slowly taken over by the state for it's own benefit. We have regulated much of our production away based on nothing but the outrageous expenses of the administrative state and the pseudo-science of 'environmentalism'. Even now our 'representatives' in DC are talking about a 'cap and trade' tax based on almost complete nonsense and guess what, many of the people are buying it! Could it be that the central control exercised over our educational system is creating good little drones who have begun to believe everything they're told? The formerly proud states are now mere vassals of the federal government. I could go on but the fact is that the people have allowed this regime to maintain power regradless of the party in office. It says something about us as a people who appear to have become almost completely alienated from our history and first principles.
Tom C ... Thanks for your thoughtful answer. "Could it be that the central control exercised over our educational system is creating good little drones who do everything they're told?", you ask. Oh yes indeed.
I have said many times on this board that the National Educational Association, the overriding controller of teachers and curricula, has much to answer for. I'm going on 81 years old, Tom, and I can remember when the students in high schools of yesteryear were far better informed about substantive information on American History, World History, Civics [which included present day information on how cities, states and the federal government of our country were run]. and even mathematics, than the students of today. I've watched our educational system deteriorate greatly since I graduated from college in 1951. And I'm not hopeful about it improving any time soon.
Almost any organization, religious or secular, needs a thorough housecleaning after 200 years, particularly if it does not have regular oversight to "clean the rascals out." Our founders thought they had put in place a system which would carry out this oversight, with a two party system and Constitutional checks and balances to keep us honest. But what the mind of man can devise, the crooks that follow can dismantle, circumvent or destroy. And that's what's happening right now.
As I noted above, I'm going to be 81. And my sweet white horse has been put out to pasture. So I have to count on you younger folks with energy, drive [and younger, more energetic white horses,] to take up the cause and carry the flag for me.
I can still write, however, and I will keep on doing so, carrying real "truth to power," backing you in whatever way I can.