Conservative government is not possible 4

Published today (June 30, 2017) is this video in which Mark Steyn discusses, inter alia, big government; how America (unfortunately) is not and never has been imperialist; the pointlessness of the war in Aghanistan; and terrorism.

He explains why “once government gets to a certain size, you cannot have conservative government”.

He debunks the idea that terrorism will not change us (the West). Muslim terrorism has changed our lives both in obvious ways – eg. the millions of bollards that keep terrorists from driving vehicles on to city side-walks in order to mow down pedestrians – and in deeper more subtle ways: “brainwashing” us, making us “feeble and passive”. That is the greater harm. That is the existential threat.

He talks – as always wittily, wisely, and knowledgeably – about political facts and ideas up to the 20 minutes mark. After that he discusses music.

Posted under government, Islam, jihad, Muslims, Terrorism, Videos by Jillian Becker on Friday, June 30, 2017

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  • Cogito

    A very good friend of mine, a retired Professor at the University of Toronto, sent these comments to me after viewing the Steyn video. I think it is wonderfully apt:

    “Steyn is on the money with his comments on government bureaucracy. Here he could have quoted de Tocqueville to good effect:

    “Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface
    of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most
    original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It
    does not tyrannize but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and
    stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a
    flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the

    • Yes! Thanks for that, Cogito.

    • liz

      Wow. De Tocqueville was an extremely accurate prognosticator!

  • liz

    Interesting. But is it the terrorism that makes people “feeble and passive”, or is that a condition they’re already in because of Leftist influence?
    I know it’s not the reaction of conservatives. Our reaction is to fight back.