Slipping Back into Tyranny
Roberts, Paul Craig, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Are we succumbing to decadence? Its signs surround us. Vices have taken over from virtues, shame no longer restrains behavior, the perverse is celebrated, and truth has been abandoned for propaganda.
Jacques Barzun is a pre-eminent cultural historian. In his recently published 800-page summing-up of the modern epoch, "From Dawn to Decadence," Mr. Barzun says decadence is our fate. This is because the ideas that launched our modern civilization have been carried to their logical conclusions and become used up. Exhausted, they have no more to offer.
That is one way to look at it. If Mr. Barzun is correct, we face a far more serious threat than an external …
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Publication information: Article title: Slipping Back into Tyranny. Contributors: Roberts, Paul Craig - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 19, 2000. Page number: 18. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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