If This Is Rome Before The Fall, I Want My Share Of The Decadence

October 17, 2008

Over at the now Buckley-free NR, Victor Davis Hanson looks at the economic scene and gets all doom-and-gloomy, Ancient Rome style.

I’m not exactly keen on the present vogue for America=Rome meme (really, if we’re going to focus on this, let’s at least remember that we’re late Republican Rome rather than late, decadent, Imperial Rome; but then again, we’re neither in reality, so the point’s moot other than I find the former much more interesting than the latter), but it’s worth quoting Eliot here, from “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (which is about so much more than poetry):

“Some one said: ‘The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.’ Precisely, and they are that which we know.”

Which is to say: Yet another reason that we need to rethink the telos of our current education policies.

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