Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Fragility of Nations

A nation is a fragile thing; it’s hard to build and easy to destroy. When the intellectuals, politicians, and technocrats use their political power to change too many things—by mandating new ways of living, and imposing new restrictions or lockdowns—they are asking for trouble; they have no way of knowing how much stress their nation can take before its moral and political structure starts to break apart. Using government’s power to impose changes and manage some imagined or real crisis can easily backfire—it can lead to a precipitous decline in national culture, and create the setting for a revolution.

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