O Fairest flower, no sooner blown than blasted,
Yet can I not persuade me thou art dead,
Or that thy corse corrupts in earth’s dark womb,
Or that thy beauties lie in wormy bed,
Hid from the world in a low-delved tomb;
Could Heaven for pity thee so strictly doom?
Oh, no! for something in thy face did shine
Above mortality, that shew’d thou wast divine.
There are urgent lessons to be had from our shared Judaeo-Christian, Greco-Roman, Anglo-Saxon-Celtic cultural heritage (no matter the whereabouts of our births). New ideas from informed thinking are so wanting in this technologically advanced, socially backward time. Read, follow the links here at RoadScholar, start something else but help put out the dumpster fires of ignorance, unreason and relativism raging on the streets of the West.
We should all be working hard now on restoring the retaining walls of our extraordinary epoch. You know, saving this civilised and enlightened era that is not quite over yet. Rain has got in; parts have fallen away. All around us the ground is soft, too yielding—but still it stands. It must stand, since what is the alternative? The Endarkenment? as Andrew Klavan has rightly asked.
The woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks.
Post-9/11, I recall attending a talk by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Wilsonian foreign policy wonk from Princeton and early Hillary hire in the Obama administration. At one point, she asked the audience if the West was having its ‘Roman moment’. I never knew if she had coined that pithy question herself, but I hadn’t heard it back then and I will admit I checked often for signs of winter after that evening.
The West is of course in peril. Then, now, always. It is hard for Australians, who by nature and history fiercely ignore politicians as a pack of bastards best avoided, to comprehend that a global game of thrones is really afoot, is perhaps always afoot, and that a certain culture war is so far advanced that ideas of restoration, reclamation or even parley, are not certain at all.
For example (and yet again) another disaster illustrates the dangerous, revolutionary yet startlingly pedestrian mindset of the MSM. Such as this Associated Press headline after the recent Notre Dame fire:
I’m not now and have never been a Catholic, but also? Wow. Bella premunt hostilia. Quite apart from placing of tourist spot before church, the use of mecca is deliberately ‘tone-deaf’ to an absolutely astonishing degree, even for the media.
Also this week, a strange new term appeared in social media, “Easter-worshippers” (?!?) instead of, you know, the more humdrum, normal and accurate “Christians”? After the appalling terrorist revenge massacre on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, tweets using this new phrase were deployed simultaneously by former celebrities like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and others and it was gob-smacking.
Nevertheless, idiocy is likely still more common than conspiracy, if the overflowing sewer of Twitter is any guide to anything at all. Free speech is under attack there every day, ironically. Individual agency is trampled by the collective pile-on. Wrongthink has astonishing valency. Feminism is a joke. Comedy is not funny. Identitarianism is woke, and segregation is back. 🙁 Out there are more and more examples of the radical de-platforming of the West by those who despise her.
 Interestingly, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Wikipedia entry cites a 2015 article published in Marie Claire magazine that sees her departing her plum deep state DC job two years later for Princeton and for ‘more time with the family’. In that article, Hillary Clinton is also quoted as saying that “other women don’t break a sweat” and they choose to stay working in stressful government jobs. Apparently, that article names A-MS in the same paragraph so Slaughter is quoted later as saying that she was “devastated” by the idea Clinton might have been referring to her. On hearing the quote was (so totally like) out of context, Slaughter claimed the two of them were still on good terms. Lol. [Ed:Still better than Arkancide!]
[A hastily written post later updated]