Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Sage of Fresno

I have been reading a lot of Victor Hanson - farmer and classicist - lately.

Here is a profile by Jonthan Kay that was originally published in the Weekly Standard.

"Multiculturalism, in preference to a multiracial embrace of Western culture, has become what pulp was in the 1950s," he tells me as he navigates the truck between a rotting sofa and a bed frame. "Plato told us this was inevitable: The more you embrace a state-mandated egalitarianism for its own sake and radical democracy, . . . the more you will be driven to the common denominator of a therapeutic, happy-go-lucky culture, simple stories, lowbrow entertainment, minimal expectations--rather than the hard work of using education to uplift the majority."

I love that line, "as he navigates the truck between a rotting sofa and a bed frame".

I am also pleased to note that his grandfather was Welsh.
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