Friday, March 13, 2009

Derbyshire on Murray's speech

It was pure Murray: filled with that good-natured, profoundly decent midwestern optimism that Charles brings to everything he writes and says.

It was also heart-breakingly naive. I agree with Charles in deploring the separating-out of our elites. I share with him nostalgia for the homogenous, egalitarian America of our youth. That America, however, is dead as mutton. There's a new one a-borning, and it looks much more like Brazil than like Robert Heinlein's U.S.A.

For more pessimism, see Derbyshire's essay: "The Lost Eden of Robert A. Heinlein"

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