Friday, November 14, 2008

The Rise of the West (Forty-Five Years after Its Publication)

Writing in Forbes, Michael Auslin offers "lessons for today's lost conservatives":

As conservatives ponder a long exile in the political wilderness, many voices are calling for a period of contemplation, a returning to roots, so to speak.

They could do worse than return to William H. McNeill's 1963 magnum opus,
The Rise of the West, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The lessons of that 900-page survey of human history have as much urgency today as they did at the height of the Cold War, and they make a sweeping case for economic and political freedom. . . .

CONFIDENTIAL TO ART: We are having hydro-electric probs; so, forgive me if I don't respond immediately; but, your (mild) objection looks more and more justified to me . . .

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