Hanson in the WSJ – A Must Read

kinnon —  November 29, 2006 — 1 Comment

Instapundit points to Victor Davis Hanson in the Wall Street Journal

Losing the Enlightenment – A civilization that has lost confidence in itself cannot confront the Islamists.

The hard-won effort of the Western Enlightenment of some 2,500 years that, along with Judeo-Christian benevolence, is the foundation of our material progress, common decency, and scientific excellence, is at risk in this new millennium.

But our newest foes of Reason are not the enraged Athenian democrats who tried and executed Socrates. And they are not the Christian zealots of the medieval church who persecuted philosophers of heliocentricity. Nor are they Nazis who burned books and turned Western science against its own to murder millions en masse.

No, the culprits are now more often us. In the most affluent, and leisured age in the history of Western civilization–never more powerful in its military reach, never more prosperous in our material bounty–we have become complacent, and then scared of the most recent face of barbarism from the primordial extremists of the Middle East. (emphasis added)

Take the time to read the entire piece, please.

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One response to Hanson in the WSJ – A Must Read

  1. Thanks for the heads up on the Hansen piece.

    He is a favorite of mine.

    Started reading his military history books and haven’t stop.

    He is right about it being US. Prosperity brings its own perils.


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