Thursday, January 19, 2012

Civilization is fragile

Victor Davis Hanson's column today makes the case for what he sees as Civilization in Reverse.

Davis writes that civilization as we know it is a fragile thing:
Its continuance requires respect for the law, tough-minded education, collective thrift, private investment, individual self-reliance, and common codes of behavior and civility -- and exempts no one from those rules. Such knowledge and patterns of civilized behavior, slowly accrued over centuries, can be lost in a single generation.
How many of these critical factors are intentionally being undermined by politicians who urge people to increasingly depend on government for everyday sustenance, or who urge citizens to stray from prioritizing the common good by substituting the flag of multiculturalism?

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