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.
We seem to post every VDH essay we come across. I guess we place him and Steyn in the pantheon of essayists. VDH's new piece on "presentism." He maybe overstates the case, but he has a point, which is this: if you believe human nature is malleable, history doesn't matter.
Decline and Fall of Germany
Germany's socialist tendencies will be their undoing. Now they blame global capitalism for their economic ills. Does that nation have a thing about blaming? And are they making "Anglo-Saxon" a racial slur? But weren't the Saxons Germans, basically? I will invest nothing in German business. Deutshe Bank, eat your heart out.
"The Germans are hardly alone. French President Jacques Chirac, faced with the possibility that his serfs may reject his precious European Constitution in a referendum later this month, is running around warning that "ultraliberals" with an "Anglo-Saxon" economic agenda are targeting the European welfare state.
But it is this welfare state to which Germans, and the rest of Europe, should be directing their ire. If unemployment is the evil for which the devil of capitalism is to blame, then a system which pays workers almost as much to stay home and watch football as it does to go out and earn a living is largely to blame."