Tuesday, May 12, 2009

All the Shakespearos

Richard Posner:
The end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the surge of prosperity worldwide that marked the global triumph of capitalism, the essentially conservative policies, especially in economics, of the Clinton administration, and finally the election and early years of the Bush Administration, marked the apogee of the conservative movement. But there were signs that it had not only already peaked, but was beginning to decline. Leading conservative intellectual figures grew old and died (Friedman, Hayek, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Buckley, etc.) and others as they aged became silent or less active (such as Robert Bork, Irving Kristol, and Gertrude Himmelfarb), and their successors lacked equivalent public prominence, as conservatism grew strident and populist.
In short, now that Darwin is dead nobody believes in evolution.


Another Kiwi said...

Ah, my son if you had lived in the time of heroes then you would understand why we are sad. For we will not see their like again, truly they were as giants walking the earth.
Boo fucking hoo, really.

Righteous Bubba said...

Hmm...hope The Corner's taken notice of this. Might be worth a brief Google NewsAlert...

J— said...

And then came the financial crash last September and the ensuing depression. These unanticipated and shocking events have exposed significant analytical weaknesses in core beliefs of conservative economists concerning the business cycle and the macroeconomy generally.That should be "conservative economists who had refused to learn the lessons of 1929."

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

RecyclingBecause I'm that earth friendly.

(Comment was in response to posting of Richard Posner's rat-ship-leaving.)