Saturday, January 15, 2005

The Right Nation

I have finally finished the impressive The Right Nation: Why America is Different.
Those with a deep understanding of American political and electoral history will perhaps gain the most from it, and I thought the attempt to be even-handed throughout suffered when the subjects at hand were not amenable to such treatment.

It really is a heavy weight book and will remain valuable for years to come.

The quote that sums up 400 odd pages of why America is different (or why conservativism is so strong in America) is apparently an old Ellis Island motto (p. 330):

The cowards never came, and the weak died on the way.

This goes a long way to explaining why America is so successful, and the failure to understand the demographic truths contained in this phrase explain much of the world's failure to understand America.


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