“We Are Doomed”

by AnotherClioBeliever

A dry, humorous soggy-islander from Blighty once wrote a book “addressed to American conservatives” that sought to diagnos the main weakness of American conservatism: the temptation to yield “to optimism, to wishful thinking, to happy talk, to cheerily preposterous theories about human beings and the human world.” His book’s title? We Are Doomed.

I will be sitting astride history and muttering glum little-things about how our expectations are simply too high. My father, always with a disbelieving shake of his head, had this to say about politicians: “they lie, even when they don’t have too.” I will always tell the truth as I see it, especially when I don’t have too.

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