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Brooks worries that selfish Americans may resist the budget cuts we need because they're no longer "conscious of themselves as components of a national project." It never occurs to him that past "National Greatness" projects helped get us in this mess in the first place.
And the winner is!
1. Simon Winchester, "There Are Lies on Both Sides of Korea's Border," the Times of London (Dec. 20)
Other than Hennessy, the cognac producer that lost its biggest customer in Kim Jong-Il, it's hard to imagine any Westerner getting wistful over the mad dictator's death. But last week, Winchester allowed himself "a small measure of melancholy" because prosperous South Korea has had "its Koreanness utterly submerged in neon, hip-hop, and every imaginable American influence," while "North Korea, for all its faults, is undeniably still Korea."
Yes, let them eat ... cultural authenticity. It's terrific seasoning for a bowl of grass soup.
And so, my friends, we roll up our sleeves and limp forward, hunkered down to face what 2012 holds, our boats borne back ceaselessly into the past, yet always, always, twirling toward freedom.
Examiner Columnist Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and the author of "The Cult of the Presidency."