Well institutionalize my cynicism!

Are we becoming like Europe?

Victor Davis Hanson argues that we are -- and in more ways than one.

In particular, he says that Europe has become a place of institutionalized cynicism:

The natural human response to forced multiculturalism, socialism, and equality of result is cynicism. One senses that in Europe the public persona is a mere veneer. Privately most scheme to avoid taxes, to moonlight, to barter-if they are not among the government elite with high-paying, hyper-perked tenures at a ministry-while avoiding the legions of new unassimilated Muslims from North Africa, and especially the Americanized troika of assimilation, integration, and intermarriage. Let us avoid such institutionalized cynicism in the US.
Not to sound cynical, but I think it might be too late for that.

After all, we have a president who made running against cynicism the cornerstone of his supremely cynical platform.

posted by Eric on 05.23.09 at 09:50 AM


I have to argue on one point. Brits are far more likely to marry across race and color lines than Americans. Of course, fewer and fewer Brits bother to get married, but that's a somewhat different issue.

The word 'bastard' will be disappearing from the Queen's English fairly soon, methinks...

John Burgess   ·  May 23, 2009 5:50 PM

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