“Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point, answer me one question,” Scrooge askes of the Ghost of Christmas Future in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. “Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?”
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” Scrooge continues. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.”
It is best to keep Scrooge’s ending in mind while Reading Mark Steyn’s new book After America.
It takes a lot of talent to make decline and fall laugh-out-loud-funny.
But Mark Steyn has the talent and delivers the Jeremiad even as you laugh (and then cry.)
But the book is also medicine for the soul and an encouragement to the brain. We are choosing to go over the cliff. You won’t see a word about inevitability of course in Mark’s book, only the inevitability of the consequences of the course we are on.
Destructive elites can and have been voted out in the past. Hard choices can be made and courses changed. Mark will be my guest in hour two of today’s show to talk about the book and the possibility of a course correction from the one so carefully described in After America.