Apparently, there’s not enough room on the ‘arc of history:’
Niall Ferguson at The Boston Globe: ‘Alexander And Charles’
A short article about Britain, the EU, Brexit, America, ‘Hamilton,’ etc.
‘So 2016 is not about to be Britain’s 1776, nor will anyone emerge as the Alexander Hamilton of Brexit. Pronounce that ugly little neologism however you like, but for heaven’s sake — in the immortal words of Astaire and Rogers — “let’s call the whole thing off.”
Victor Davis Hanson gets a little more sentimental- ‘Setting The Record Straight On Britain, America and WWII:’
‘Britain helped America in World War II as much America did Britain. We should keep that contribution in mind in speaking softly and preserving our long and mutually advantageous partnership.’
Let’s turn that sentiment up to 11!
Henry Fairlie At the New Republic-‘Why I Love America:’
‘In praise of gadgets, manners, women, and freedom
I had reported from some twenty-four countries before I set foot in America. I will never forget the first shock—even after having been in every country from the Sudan to South Africa—at realizing that I was in another place entirely, a New World. In the casbah of Algiers during the first referendum called by de Gaulle in 1959, when the women hurrying down the steep streets to vote for the first time pulled their yashmaks around their faces as they passed a man (which seemed to me only to make their dark eyes more fascinating), I was still in the Old World, however strange it was. But here in America it was all new.’
A quote by a very influential Englishman, continually worth putting up:
“First, if any opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true. To deny this is to assume our own infallibility.’
‘Secondly, though the silenced opinion be an error, it may, and very commonly does, contain a portion of truth; and since the general or prevailing opinion on any subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by the collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being supplied. ‘
‘Thirdly, even if the received opinion be not only true, but the whole truth; unless it is suffered to be, and actually is, vigorously and earnestly contested, it will, by most of those who receive it, be held in the manner of a prejudice, with little comprehension or feeling of its rational grounds. ‘
And not only this, but, fourthly, the meaning of the doctrine itself will be in danger of being lost, or enfeebled, and deprived of its vital effect on the character and conduct: the dogma becoming a mere formal profession, inefficacious for good, but cumbering the ground, and preventing the growth of any real and heartfelt conviction, from reason or personal experience.”
-John Stuart Mill ‘On Liberty: Chapter II-Of The Liberty Of Thought And Discussion’
***From a reader: Now I know who Ronnie Pickering is.