Skip to comments.Victor Davis Hanson: The Global Throng, Why the world’s elites gnash their teeth
Posted on 02/04/2005 5:35:02 AM PST by Tolik
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I look forward to his column every week.
This is as close to a perfect venting as I can imagine.
Wow, pretty powerful stuff. And so true!
VDH is the man.
That pretty much sums it up. We had our own problems pre-911 where certain agency people spent their careers at those lavish places and ended up getting sucked down the drain there while Atta was busy plotting next door. I don't think that's much of a problem anymore though.
If I may quote the from the Guinness commercial...BRILLIANT!!
Victor Davis Hanson is just the best. Strips the facade right off the crumbling, stumbling leftist cabal.
Jacques Chirac and Schroeder have made fewer silly, pompous pronouncements about the utter stupidity of George Bush lately. When they do, I soothe my anger by imagining the legacy each will have even twenty years down the road, let alone fifty. I believe Dick Cheney will have a larger legacy in fifty years than Jacques Chirac.
And yet one more point about the self-crowned 'elites': they are out of touch with reality, living as they do in their ivory tower world. They deam and fantacize and create theories based on their dreams and fantasies while real people live in the real world and deal everyday with real problems, consequences of actions, etc.
Bump for later read.
Super article. I love this man's writing. He can cut the crap and get down to brass tacks better than most.
Yep. Added to the VDH ping list.
Maybe because thanks to the internet and Jim Robinson, even the most humble tradesman now has access to great writing from VDH and enough other keen analysts to look beyond the partisan carping and make up their own damn minds.
Another keeper from one of the most brilliant minds among us today.
VDH has as usual an analysis based on 1) personal experience with reality i.e. running a farm, rather than pure theory
and 2) placing problems into the context of history rather than trendier than thou analyses.
He always cheers me up...wish I could write like that!
If the American Left is furious over the loss of most of the nation's governorships and legislatures, the U.S. House, the Senate, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, the Europeans themselves are furious over America's power as if Red America is to Blue America as America is to Europe itself. Thus how can a mongrel culture of Taco Bell, Bud Light, and Desperate Housewives project such military and political influence abroad when the soft, subtle triangulation of far more cultured diplomats and sophisticated intellectuals from France, Germany, and Scandinavia is ignored by thugs from Iran, North Korea, and most of the Middle East?
I am sure that Dr. Hanson is aware that we are no more a "Taco Bell" culture than the Japanese are a ramen-shop culture. They are places of convenience that fit our cultural ways, but they are not our culture -- it is something that we and Japan have been very successful at, finding commercial means that aren't so much cultural indicators but the handiwork from Taylor through Deming to efficiently provide one of the necessities of life in an efficient and culturally workable context. They eschew elegance for speedy and efficient food consumption. But we don't reserve a table at either for meals with more cultural significance -- no one expects a wedding reception to be held at an adjacent McDonald's.
Bud Light on the other hand is a sign of cultural decay. ;-)
Aw, shoot. I thought the headline said "global thong."
I'll bet VDH is never invited to those parties....;^)
This should be printed out and sent to everynews outlet in the United States!
I am truly thankful we have brilliant minds like VDH watching over our republic. It makes it so much easier to sleep at night.
Please add me to the VDH ping list. The guy ought to be put on National Security adviser senior staff (versus a freelancer he is now). His clarity is refreshing.
As you could have guessed, I totally agree. He is listened to, thats for sure. But it would be reassuring to see him in an official adviser role.
Added to the VDH ping list.
'Humble tradesmen' internet brotherhood bump!
Morning, George! ;^)
The Global Thong!
It's a question I've asked before, "When was the last time the political left was correct on any of the big questions?
I have a hard time thinking of one. The civil rights movement in the 60's?
Tipping the Blogosphere
A Review of Hugh Hewitts Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation
Why is it that some ideas or behaviors or products start epidemics and others dont? Thats the question that Malcom Gladwell attempts to answer in The Tipping Point, a fascinating examination of the phenomena of social epidemics. While examining the question Gladwell introduces three types of people -- Mavens, Connectors, and Salesmen - who play a critical role in dictating trends.
Mavens are information brokers who have the knowledge and social skills to start epidemics; connectors are people who know lots of other people; and salesmen are people with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced by what we are hearing. While many of us play some of these roles, there are few truly influential mavens, connectors, or salesmen. An even few number of remarkable people are a combination of all three. Hugh Hewitt is one of those people.
As a best-selling author, national radio host, and popular blogger, Hewitt is a classic connector. And his willingness to help and encourage others, sparking in them a passion for blogging marks him as a true maven. Now, with the release of his extraordinary new book, Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation, he exhibits his persuasive skills as a salesman. Hewitt is a one-man epidemic, spreading the burgeoning trend of blogging.
While many of us might see 5 million blogs as a revolution already well on its way to maturity, Hewiit sees a vast, relatively untapped market. His book is squarely aimed at the large segment of the population who might use email and surf the Internet but still doesnt quite understand the importance of the blog thing. Hewitt explains why blogs are significant, how they are changing the world around us, and most importantly how not to get left behind in this phase of the information reformation.
With a style reminiscent of management guru Tom Peters, Blog hits the ground running. I know you are busy, Hewitt writes in the opening words of the preface and spends the next 220 pages cutting to the chase. He doesnt waste time trying to explain what isnt necessary. Like a classic maven he convinces the reader to just trust him, he knows what hes talking about and is willing to freely share his valuable knowledge.
Blog is divided into three sections, each explaining an essential aspect of blogging. Part one lays out the case for What Happened by describing the blog storms that helped bring down such powerful figures as Trent Lott and Dan Rather. Even mainstream media types will have a hard time scoffing at the power of the blogosphere after the retelling of these seminal opinion storms. And those of us who watched the events unfold in real time will be impressed by Hewitts post-mortem examination. He clearly did his homework.
In explaining the twenty-first century information reformation Hewitt compares it to the sixteenth centurys Protestant Reformation. While many others have compared blogging to the invention of the printing press, Hewitt delves into the history of the event and shows how a young monk named Luther used the new technology to transform Western culture. In doing so he revives an often overused metaphor and gives it new life, making a convincing case that 2005 really is 1449 and 1517, at the same moment.
While the first section of the book will be of special interest to bloggers, Parts II and III lay out the case for why leaders of business, church, government, and media should be paying attention to the new media. Even those of us who spend a considerable amount of time thinking about blogging will be impressed by the creative uses for the medium that Hewitt suggests. His recommendations, if adopted, would benefit both bloggers and the organizations that could use our unique skills to their advantage.
Throughout the book, Hewitt exhibits his typically generous linking and praise for blogs and bloggers. Instead of using the book solely as a vehicle for promoting his own brand, he shows that blogging truly is an interconnected community. As he readily admits, no blog no matter how much traffic it receives -- is as important as the blogosphere. The fact that Hewitt gets this and is able to use it to his advantage is one of the primary reasons he has become one of the foremost leaders of the new media.
When you order your copy of Blog from Amazon or buy it at your local bookstore youll want to get at least two copies - one to keep and one to give away. No matter whether you are a connector, a maven, or just a wannabe, after reading Hewitts book youll become a salesman for blogging.
Thank you for posting this of VDH's probably best editorial todate!
Murders Row: Hanson, Styne, Lileks.
Long time, howzit?
Winter is getting tedious, as usual. Other than that, life is good, and my kids are leading good lives. How're you doin'? ;^)
connectors are people who know lots of other people;
and salesmen are people with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced by what we are hearing.
Faux spring thaaah up heah. 'Bout fowty out theah.
"And yet one more point about the self-crowned 'elites': they are out of touch with reality, living as they do in their ivory tower world."
I see this daily out here in California where a lot of lefties talk the talk, but do not walk thee walk. One of the greatist hypocracies I see on a daily basis is the neighbor who has a Kerry sticker and a greenpeace sticker on the back of her SUV.
The amazing thing is that in her mind, such a thing is perfectly acceptable for HER, but not for all of us other poor, unwashed slobs.
I always smile when I see it because it sums up so well the elite attitude VDH is exposing in his article.
WOW. Who wouldn't want to write like him?
Rush Limbaugh is reading this piece right now.
Oh my..........I was laughing my a$$ off in my truck while RUSH was reading this.....
America f yeah!!
Rush gave a great reading of this article. Sounded better that it does in print
A GREAT read!
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