Category Archive 'Turning Point'

19 Jul 2010

The Rules Have Changed

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Linda Sutton, Waiting for the Barbarians

Jonah Goldberg feels the winds of change beginning to shake the leaves. Something entirely different from ordinary politics is underway.

When Rome was “falling,” did it feel like it? When all of the tasty, leafy fronds started vanishing, did the dinosaurs say, “So this is what extinction looks like”? When British troops signed up for a quick war in 1914, they expected to be “home by Christmas.” They certainly didn’t say “goodbye to all that” — in the words of Robert Graves — until long after they realized “all that” had in fact disappeared.

I’m beginning to wonder if the current political moment is much, much, more significant than most of us realize. The rules may have changed in ways no one would have predicted two years ago. And perhaps 10 years from now we’ll look back on this moment and it will all seem so obvious.

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