Derbyshire: Will the United States Survive Until 2022?
Please read this essay from John Derbyshire, orginally published in January, 2007.
“It is said of all great matters under Heaven: What has been long divided must unite, what has been long united must divide.”
—Opening words of The Three Kingdoms Romance, a classic Chinese historical novel by Luo Guanzhong.
The beginning of a new year naturally turns one’s thoughts in a numerical direction. Furthermore, as we look forward to 2007, our imagination is liable to overshoot and find itself contemplating the more distant future: the next fifteen years for example.
Permit me to explain...
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Why all of the doom?
I need to remind myself of the critical distinction between:
Movement with no actual effect on reality
Movement that improves my ability to play and win the game
If I am not working on some way of improving the odds of personal victory in the upcoming North American social justice fracas and clambake, I am moving away from my goal.
Trying to recreate the halcyon days of 1906, 1946, or even 1986 falls into which category?