Let's congratulate Zuckerman for pointing the way in the coming attempt to foist blame on Western civilization for what is, essentially, a failure of leftism. Let's acknowledge, though, that Zuckerman appreciates that the United States and Western nations can no longer sustain profligate government. But Zuckerman's angst is misplaced. American and Western civilizations deserve no general indictment.Even now, when all around them is coming undone, the Left can not face the fact that their ideas have proved, yet again, a failure. The Left has been screaming lately that American businesses are sitting on, variously, approximately $1.7 trillion, and they want that cash. There is talk of stealing peoples 401K pension plans. How throwing another $1.7 trillion into the fire is supposed to help when we are some $14 trillion in debt is never explained. Margaret Thatcher said that the trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money. And so we have. So now people who worked, saved, and played by the rules all their lives will have to once again roll up their sleeves and apply the old, time tested laws of the universe to fix it. You know the ones, the ones Kipling called The Gods of the Copybook Headings. My only question is: is it too little, too late?
Leftism deserves the indictment. The left's failure -- here and abroad -- may just prove stupendous, and that's something that American liberals and European socialists can't abide. Hence the coming compassionate redistribution of fault.
If the United States and the West ever decline and are eclipsed, the root cause will be the failure of peoples to throw off and marginalize leftism -- intellectually, culturally, and politically. Leftism is a cancer that needs to be excised; doing so is critical in restoring societal health, here and in Europe.
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