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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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School of Law

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Michael Barone gets it exactly right
Tom Smith

I love Michael Barone. He gets it absolutely right:  what we are in now is a battle between the people who support the Founders and the people who support the Progressives.

I may have mentioned earlier that a few months ago the RC bloggers had the chance to have dinner with Barone at the lovely home of the lovely Professor Gail Heriot.  And a good time was had by all.  Gail had wisely gone to a nice wine shop and said "give me a bunch of bottles of some very nice wines!" and they had.  We spent most of the evening discussing politics -- English 17th century politics, with occasional digressions into the 16th century.  I was pasted enough to aver that Shakespeare was obviously a secret Catholic but too pasted to defend the claim coherently, a dangerous mental space to occupy.

As to present times, dark as they seem, they also present a wonderful opportunity for the people to learn about and understand the fundamental ideas on which our country was founded and are more useful than ever.  I'm optimistic that we are going to come out of this chastened and with a much more robust appreciation of what a valuable thing liberty, as our Founders understood it, is.

Here's a classic statement of progressivism from Woodrow Wilson, complete with what I take to be a racist joke. See what you think, but I think he comes across as deeply unappealing. 

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....soooo... Progressivism is the practical realization of an antisocial, asexual, yet quasi-pedophilic math geek's surrealist fantasy designed to entice pre-pubescent girls... ???

Just so's we have that straight... and from the source, no less!

Posted by: G.R. Mead | Mar 31, 2010 2:26:25 PM

Does anyone doubt that Wilson was a shit?

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 31, 2010 2:38:00 PM

Apols for bad language - do please censor.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 31, 2010 2:38:41 PM

Dearieme, Sometimes only certain words capture the essence of the matter. I say don't censor. Something less evocative wouldn't quite do. I agree. Wilson was a shit.

Posted by: john knox | Mar 31, 2010 3:51:12 PM

I say, do censor. Or,if you like better, edit, which includes all kinds of badness in language.

I want to laud the following lovely language, though. I will surely imitate this phrasing some day:

"I was pasted enough to aver that Shakespeare was obviously a secret Catholic but too pasted to defend the claim coherently, a dangerous mental space to occupy."

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Apr 1, 2010 5:28:34 AM

I say the charge is fitting. Anyone who can write this http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=1143 deserves it. "It is accountable to Darwin not to Newton." Anyone who can write such stuff deserves the worst abuses. The willful misrepresentation of classical liberalism in that chapter is Churchillian, Ward Churchillian.

But such minor details like accuracy don't matter for world historical figures like Wilson who move the Hegelian dialectic forward.

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