Mark Steyn- Dependence Day, Well Worth The Read

When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia. As I always try to tell my American neighbors, national decline is at least partly psychological—and therefore what matters is accepting the psychology of decline. Thus, Hayek’s greatest insight in The Road to Serfdom, which he wrote with an immigrant’s eye on the Britain of 1944:

There is one aspect of the change in moral values brought about by the advance of collectivism which at the present time provides special food for thought. It is that the virtues which are held less and less in esteem and which consequently become rarer are precisely those on which the British people justly prided themselves and in which they were generally agreed to excel.

The virtues possessed by Anglo-Saxons in a higher degree than most other people, excepting only a few of the smaller nations, like the Swiss and the Dutch, were independence and self-reliance, individual initiative and local responsibility, the successful reliance on voluntary activity, noninterference with one’s neighbor and tolerance of the different and queer, respect for custom and tradition, and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

Within little more than half a century, almost every item on the list had been abandoned, from “independence and self-reliance” (some 40 percent of Britons receive state handouts) to “a healthy suspicion of power and authority”—the reflex response now to almost any passing inconvenience is to demand the government “do something.”

From Mark Steyn’s latest article Dependence Day, On The Erosion Of Personal Liberty.

12 thoughts on “Mark Steyn- Dependence Day, Well Worth The Read

  1. As is usual with Steyn – head of hammer meets nail.
    There is just so much that I’d like to quote and highlight of his article … but I’d end up quoting the whole thing!

    It’s a shame that so many are unfamiliar with Steyn’s writings.

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  2. That was a good one.

    “For Americans, the quickest way to understand modern Britain is to look at what lbj’s Great Society did to the black family and imagine it applied to the general population.”

    There are failed, destructive left-wing outcomes at every turn and all our politicians do is avert their gaze (or fritter around the edges at best)

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  3. The video that really tells you what is going on Mr. Scummy is:

    Cultural Marxism- The Corruption of America.

    Its a full length movie but is on Youtube I think in about 14 ten minute sections. Tells you everything you need to know about how the left have infiltrated our society and corrupted it by their control of the culture.

    Synopsis

    This documentary, produced by James Jaeger, shows how a group of Marxist theoreticians, calling themselves The Frankfurt School, plotted the corruption and overthrow of non-Communist nations by systematically undermining their cultures.

    Called Cultural Marxism, its goal is the use of art, music, education, and media to condition people to accept the essential elements of Marxism without identifying them as such. After a few generations of this conditioning, Marxism becomes the new reality without a violent revolution and even without awareness that a revolution has occurred.

    If you want to know how the nations of the world became increasingly Marxist in form, if not in name, here is the strategy. The film’s opening statement by Pat Buchanan prepares the viewer for what is to follow: “The United States has undergone a cultural, moral, and religious revolution. … We are two countries now. We are two countries morally, culturally, socially, and theologically.

    Cultural wars do not lend themselves to peaceful co-existence. One side prevails, or the other prevails. The truth is that, while we won the Cold War with political and economic Communism, we lost the war with cultural Marxism, which now is dominant. Those of us who are traditionalists, we are the counterculture.”

    Includes testimony from G. Edward Griffin, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Edwin Vieira, and Ted Baehr. DVD 98 mins.

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  4. I like Steyn’s article. However, I thought a few of his positioning statements around what Europe had offered, and the broad brush stroking of history, to the verge of historical inaccuracy somewhat debatable. However, those points are easy to forgive of Steyn, because I appreciate the point he is trying to make, and he makes it well, as usual.

    Some nice quotes:

    Within the next five years, the People’s Liberation Army, which is the largest employer on the planet, bigger even than the U.S. Department of Community-Organizer Grant Applications, will be entirely funded by U.S. taxpayers.

    and also:

    One of my favorite lines from the Declaration of Independence never made it into the final text. They were Thomas Jefferson’s parting words to his fellow British subjects across the ocean: “We might have been a free and great people together.” But in the end, when it mattered, they were a free and great people together. Britain was eclipsed by its transatlantic offspring, by a nation with the same language, the same legal inheritance, and the same commitment to liberty.

    The “lie back and think of England” was put into amusing context too.

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  5. The ‘conservative’ blogosphere has been stolen by that short fat Jewish wanker David Farrar.

    We need to spark the New Zealand war of independence.

    Fucked if I know how to do it. We owe an immense gratitude to trueblue and crusader rabbit.

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  6. I was reading a biography of Ratzingers a year or so ago (unfortunately I dont have it to hand) This was about his life before being Pope.
    There’s a bit in there when he was a prof in a Catholic uni in Germany I think late “60’s and he says he was shocked at the level and speed of infiltration of Marxism at the uni!
    As I recall that was among the clergy!
    ps Steyn is a true martyr of free speech,he is a constant target by the Islamonazis in Canada who have used human rights laws to try and suppress human rights there ie Steyns right to free speech,aided and abetted by the usual throng of do gooders.

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  7. Kiwiblog is Cultural Marxist Central Scummy. Whenever you feel like something more painful than banging your head against a brick wall, you should go there and try and converse with Gormless George and his comrades.

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  8. Farrar and Kiwiblog have descended into left-wing crap. He is paid handsomely by the Nats, so he is there to support them.

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