11/12/2004

Daily Kos :: Culture War, Civil War, and the Scopes Monkey Trial: An Elegy for Democracy

Daily Kos :: Culture War, Civil War, and the Scopes Monkey Trial: An Elegy for Democracy
The diagnosis is uncertain. Are we merely at one extreme of a partisan swing of the pendulum, soon to be restored by the inexorable dualism of political yin and yang? Or have we reached a more serious cusp, like that of Rome at the ascension of the Caesars, in which Republic hardens irrevocably into empire, and prepares for its final plunge into disorder, to be followed by dismemberment and absorption by Barbarian hordes? Or is the case less desperate: more akin to that of the English Civil War and the rise of Cromwell - a few decades of Puritan dictatorship to be endured, followed by a glorious restoration?"

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