BY OBJECTIVE measures, Pax Americana's legacy is enormous. Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, no nuclear device has been used in anger. In World War II an estimated 60 million people died. Only four subsequent conflicts . . .
FROM John Derbyshire, "E pluribus plurimum," New Criterion, March 2003, reviewing Peter Wood, Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books):
Where did it come from, this ideology of diversity? Peter Wood notes the oddity of the fact that such a powerful idea, energetically propagated across the whole of society for a quarter of a century, has no founding text to refer to, was inspired by no charismatic teacher, was carried forward with no mighty struggles or cruel reverses, has roots in no significant philosophy. "It arrived unparented," says Wood, "as a kind of collective emanation of ponderous academic silliness." We just woke up one morning and there it was, demanding that we "celebrate." . . .
. . . disappeared into well-deserved ignominy this month after her crack about how Jews ought to "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Poland, Germany, and the United States. But let's not forget that when she resigned, it was from none other than . . .
THE CHRONICLE once had a quota, apparently, of at least one editorial a week comparing Texas unfavorably to enlightened states, usually California or New York. Not such much anymore. Both California and New York are tiptoeing . . .