Monday, February 07, 2011

More Salim mansur on Egypt

Salim writes about thedecline of the west. Picked up by Instapundit and Atlas Shrugs as well. HM Government and bo would do well to read and consult with Salim Mansur on these topics. They all seem afraid of the truth.

Dear Claire:

Below is my column from today on Egypt. Since I do not have an opportunity to write in public more than one column per week, I am limited to what I can say. Extremely distressed by the crew in Washington, and in most European capitals. Media is so corrupted by left-leaning thinking that there is not much of an analysis to be expected in the media that is now competing with facebook, twitters, etc. The dumbing down of thinking is itself a huge problem the West is facing now as it tries pathetically to undertstand/explain politics and history of other cultures when it no longer has faith in its own civilizational values. I despair, and so I follow Samuel Pepys who confined himself to his diaries while London burned and I am trying to devote my time to reading and writing of my own (that of course I might not be able to publish, and even if published few will read).

I am more convinced now, as I wasn't when Paul Kennedy wrote about the rise and fall of great powers, that the West has gone over the tipping point in its terminal decline. That intelligent people, or people who claim to be intelligent, (I have in mind the talking heads in the U.S. media such as Chris Matthews or Fareed Zakaria) cannot make the difference between the sham of the Muslim Brotherhood talking about freedom and democracy and the generic thirst in man to be free. These are the people who have like the Bourbons learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They are glibly about to put the Lenins of our time into trains heading for Moscows of our time, they find nothing odd that they are pushing for the Muslim Brotherhood to be taken into governing when everything needs to be done to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out even as one carefully negotiate the long historic transition of Arab societies from tribal autorcracy and military dictatorships to representative rule and constitutionally limited government. I read you when I can, and I wish that you and others like you were closer to the main media control in the West, or in government.

Take care, and God bless.



Mark, Ottawa said...

An exceptionally well-researched post at "Taylor Empire Airways" (one of the best-designed Canadian blogs):

"On Egypt"

Pity our major media do not do similar research.


Anonymous said...

I usually agree with Salim but he’s a bit too pessimistic here. We’ve past the danger zone. When we were really in trouble was when a big chunk of the population thought Chris Matthews was balanced. Like Jim Travers and other similar pundits who were able for decades to position themselves as something other than what they are: shills for liberals; that was when they had some power to sway. Now they only preach to the choir.

Also, as to the decline of the West, the numbers are kicking in from California to Greece that the socialists’ attempt to run massive chunks of the economy with overpaid unionized government employees won’t work, the jig is up. Then turning to China, capitalism will drive it to democracy; if it doesn’t it will implode because the middle class will not put up with authoritarianism the minute the economy stops growing at miraculous rates of 10% …and it can’t do that forever. So the game will change.


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