31 August 2006
TO The Editor:
AS An historian I follow the ideas of historian-emeritus John Lukacs etal that the late-modern age is over. More specifically the US is over with except as a — global nuisance. The “milestone” was the attack that US “intelligence” let happen in New York on 11 September 2001. The turning-point, however, was the entire otiose and self-adorative, nincompoop, 1946-64 generation (mine, alas!). As always in history the children of the WW II victors are no-good.
Ever since 1956 more people have been employed as “professionals” than as producers in this country. Hence the careerist omni-incompetence in all quarters. The new center in the world inevitably is going to be the Far East — in the interval we but amuse ourselves (disasterously?) with this made-for-Tee Vee “democracy” vs Islam hokum. Chesterton remarked that history does not rhyme, but it puns:
For Muslim societies with their much younger demographics, it is indeed something like the year 1427 — their Renaissance may indeed still be ahead. And yet based on monotheism as they are, Muslim societies in the last analysis also are “western.” In any case I perceive that the business of the new age now beginning will consist in a return to the unfinished tasks of the early Renaissance and that we had not be so afraid of “medievalism.
All of this do many American youngsters under thirty perceive, and as soon as they get rid of their too-expensive old folks — and wall-off their less-educated military-veteran peers — you will see hosts of Americans beginning to find personal relationships with the Muslim and Hispanic and East Asian and African worlds.
B Wook, CC [retd], Cadwal Conservancy
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 31 August 2006]