Wednesday, September 30, 2009


An important line from VDH's reflections on Obamaism's foreign policy:
Foreign policy now starts with the assumption the world is not naturally chaotic, but tranquil—if not for the obtrusive presence of a largely ignorant and selfish United States.
Reminds me of Ann Coulter's more colorful point that "the natural state of the world is Darfur."

One of the dividing lines twixt liberals and conservatives is that conservatives generally have a sense that the world is naturally dangerous and unstable and that times of order and peace are the exception rather than the rule.

Many liberals assume that everything is naturally civilized and tranquil unless certain bad people mess it up. I think that this --deeply incorrect-- attitude helps to explain some of the chronic bad temper and outrage that afflicts a portion of the liberal tribe.


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