Here’s the key paragraph, with key passages highlighted in red.
I think Western civilization is in real trouble. I’ve changed my mind about a lot of things over the last couple years. I still stand by LF, [Editor’s Note: Goldberg’s great book: Liberal Fascism] but I think intellectual history isn’t just a game of playing connect the dots. Philosophy, ideology, etc. are downstream of human nature, and human nature doesn’t change, which is why the same ideas keep popping up over and over again. We keep reinventing the same ideas with new labels again and again. Sometimes, they get called “right-wing”; sometimes, they get called “left-wing.” But statism is statism, whatever label you stick on it. Collectivism is tribalism whether you call it socialism or nationalism, fascism or Communism. The only really — really — new thing of the last 10,000 years is the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism, and I think we’re losing our commitment to it. I guess you could say I’ve become more Nockian and Schumpeterian. But everyone will be hearing plenty more about that soon enough.
One part of that wonderful passage is well worth repeating:
The only really — really — new thing of the last 10,000 years is the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism.
I was tempted to post this as part of our series: “Powerful, Influential people Read This Blog,” but I’ve been reading Jonah Goldberg since well before this blog existed. I really can’t say which came first: Goldberg’s arrival at our point-of-view, or our arrival at his… or, of course, both of us arriving at the same place independently. You know, great minds thinking alike and all? 🙂
Anyway, the great Goldberg is always worth a read. I included the above key passage, but the rest of the piece is worth every moment you spend reading it.