Michael Totten

Quote of the Day

The notion that societies in crisis have no choice but to leap forward is an arbitrary judgment. In our age this notion is fostered by the liberal imagery of stages of growth and evolution and the Marxist imagery of revolutionary transformations. But the temptation to retreat into one’s own tradition in a moment of historical stress can be far more powerful than the tendency to leap into uncharted territory.

From The Arab Predicament by Fouad Ajami