April 30, 2019

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED BY VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Why Go West?

What enervates and often destroys Western societies, then, are not barbarians on the horizon, plagues, or invasions, but complacency and unreal demands put on society to reach utopian perfection. Such efforts are contrary to human nature and often result in disastrous social and political polices, leading to impoverishment and collapse. The Hellenic polis, Rome, and Byzantium eventually eroded because each in its complacency forgot the very values that had created its successful cultures in the first place.

In other words, if the professed progressive utopian agendas of many current critics of the West had been realized in the past, then AOC’s or Tlaib’s parents would probably never have wished to head westward in the first place. Give Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez her wish to recalibrate America, and no Puerto Rican would ever wish to immigrate to the American mainland again. And if America emulated the social, political, and economic norms south of the border, illegal immigration would end quickly.

After all, why flee from what you find intolerable to what you soon find intolerable?

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Related: Radical Chic, the Geritol Years: No big deal, just Ilhan Omar palling around with Angela Davis.

As As David Harsanyi wrote in January, when Davis was being fêted by the Women’s March, “You can tell a lot about people by looking at their heroes.”

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