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THE FUTURE OF THE PAST (Mark Steyn)
| 12 March 2009
| Mark Steyn
Posted on 03/12/2009 2:50:57 PM PDT by JLS
THE FUTURE OF THE PAST Thursday, 12 March 2009 from Maclean's
When the metaphorical dust has settled on the Plains of Abraham metaphorical dust being the only kind youre allowed to kick up on the sacred sod a quarter-millennium on the larger question remains:
Whats the future of the past?
Thats to say, the lesson of the last few weeks is that the latter depends on the former. In 1759, General Wolfe won a decisive victory that led to the end of French rule on this continent: that is what we used quaintly to call a fact. To take another unfashionable word, the reality of North American life today derives explicitly from that fact.
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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: culuture; frenchandindianwar; marksteyn; steyn
Steyn discusses history and culture.
posted on 03/12/2009 2:50:57 PM PDT
You might want to ping the Steyn list with this article.
posted on 03/12/2009 2:51:43 PM PDT
Now that’s a great title without saying anything else!
posted on 03/12/2009 2:56:09 PM PDT
("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
posted on 03/12/2009 3:19:11 PM PDT
(Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
Brilliant! And I must confess, Steyn did make me think of Michael Moore’s movie “Canadian Bacon” and that scene with Dan Ackroyd as the motorcycle cop and the slogans on the truck.
posted on 03/12/2009 3:46:36 PM PDT
(May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
posted on 03/12/2009 3:58:30 PM PDT
(--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
To: JLS; Rummyfan; kellynla; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...
Pinging the Mark Steyn Ping List.
Welcome to the newest members of this ever expanding list.
For you California residents, and those who are interested, also see Steyns wonderful deconstruction of the Governator here -
I apologize for the delayed ping, Mrs. knewshound was hit by a drunk driver and I have been quite busy and have not had a chance to be on FR much. She is on the mend and I am back in action.
Thanks to those who ping me to these articles, I would miss many of them without them.
On or off, please FReepmail me.
posted on 03/12/2009 4:32:57 PM PDT
(I for one welcome our new Insect overlords!)
posted on 03/12/2009 4:54:34 PM PDT
(....and I won't let it happen again!)
“Inventing the future, at the speed of time!”
posted on 03/12/2009 5:50:17 PM PDT
by Attention Surplus Disorder
(Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
should forget the resentment they have over the French losing North America in 1763. On the whole, the British were chivalrous conquerors. They permitted the defeated French colonists to remain and allowed them to keep their language, culture and Catholic faith. They even permitted them the first elected legislative assembly in North America. And how has my native province been injured by becoming a part of then British Empire? Hardly! In fact, Canada's first francophone Prime Minister, Wilfried Laurier, admired British government and culture and thought it brought equality and dignity to both of Canada's founding peoples. In retrospect, that defeat on the Plains Of Abraham now looks very much like a blessing in disguise for Quebec. Technically, I am still a British Subject and will die as one. History marches on.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
posted on 03/12/2009 6:26:47 PM PDT
(In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
Those interested in this period of history should find the works of Francis Parkman in their local library.
Parkman brings to life the dynamic between British, French, and Native Americans in that epochal time.
I stumbled upon a 16 volume set in a used book store back in the ‘80s - one of my best finds ever!
posted on 03/12/2009 7:12:58 PM PDT
(Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
Just think, “The French and Indian War” started here in the Pittsburgh area. Our local PBS station, WQED, did a 4 part series about it and it was very interesting to learn about the early trials of George Washington. In a way, The French and Indian War, aka “Seven Years War,” was actually the first global war, you even had battles as far away as India.
posted on 03/12/2009 8:42:55 PM PDT
by Nowhere Man
(Is Barak HUSSEIN Obama an Anti-Christ? - B.O. Stinks! (Robert Riddle))
Not so long ago, there were millions of people in every corner of the world who attended schools that taught them that the Britannic inheritance was on balance a good thing as opposed to the root cause of all the planets woes. Good for individual liberty, standard of living, constitutional democracy ...
Say something like that out loud in an American public school now, and you may be lynched. At the very least, people will call you all kinds of bigoted, sexist, racist, homophobic etc. etc.
It's not an improvement.
posted on 03/12/2009 9:09:26 PM PDT
Thanks. I love reading Mark Steyn.
I hope Mrs knews_hound has a full and speedy recovery. Prayers for her and you.
posted on 03/13/2009 12:11:54 AM PDT
(Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
To: Nowhere Man
I’ve seen that, it is a worthwhile series.
posted on 03/13/2009 3:07:05 AM PDT
(Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
To: goldstategop; JLS
Yeah, the Quebecois were permitted to keep "their Catholic culture" so they'd have the degenerate pleasure of "tranquilly" and contemptuously dumping it in a garbage can during the Révolution tranquille
That sets me musing. Six years. Chilling: a heritage of a millennium-plus can go pfft in six years. How did it happen in formerly "Catholic Quebec"? Why did it happen?
More musing. After Obama's term, what will be left of what we quaintly call "America"??
posted on 03/13/2009 7:00:31 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
(The past sure ain't what tt used to be.)
I strongly suspect what is happening in Canada will soon be happening here. The same forces are at work.
posted on 03/13/2009 8:06:40 AM PDT
(Our elite media and university community are toxic to traditional values in America - Rick Santorum)
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