“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Jean-Jacque Rousseau
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Edmund Burke.
There is a great philosophical divide between classical liberalism and utopian socialism. It is this divide that drives modern politics and has done so since the time of the French and American Revolutions. The intellectual poison served up by Rousseau, eagerly consumed by the ignorati, has wrought tremendous cultural damage. The damage is evident in the smoking ruins on literal display in America’s cities and figuratively in its cultural institutions.
For some historical perspective on todays politics and culture, it is well worth watching the discussion below with the David Starkey (no relation to Ringo), a Cambridge educated and very controversial British constitutional historian.