WRM on America’s "Optimistic Script" in the WSJ
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  • lukelea

    Then I guess you could say that part of European Jewry was optimistic when it moved to that part of the world too? Except in their case it wasn’t because things had come to easily, was it?

    When it come to the Arab world and the Islamic world generally I think the real explanation was (and remains to a certain extent) naiveté, at least for us Americans. We didn’t understand the genetic basis of clan and tribal based societies because we had no experience of them within ourselves. Kin selection or inclusive fitness are the technical terms, which you can read about on Wikipedia. Or you can go to this layman’s introduction:


    The behaviors we are witnessing among these population groups in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, etc., are literally written in their genes. With a little more out-breeding they might begin to disappear. But that takes generations.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Does WRM no longer believe in America’s “Special Providence”? I’m far more optimistic, I see the TEA Party as American renewal with Big Government crushed and Liberties returned, I see a strategy of “Divide and Conquer” in place in the Islamic world, I see an opportunity for a new powerful economic and military alliance in Asia from India to Japan and from Vietnam to Australia.

  • Boritz

    This ties in neatly with the time-for-the-blue-model-to-go-away philosophy.

  • rheddles

    We didn’t suffer much as long as you begin our history in 1776, but King Philip’s war was a pretty brutal event and provided part of the motivation for securing the continental US. And don’t forget the Civil War that left half the country devastated for a century. Our luck will hold out because, as Churchill said, you can trust the Americans to do the right thing. After they’ve tried everything else.

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