Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Detroit...half of the people have left...the auto industry has collapsed...25% of the people are unemployed...houses can be bought for a few thousand dollars...one was sold for a dollar...entire zones have been abandoned...looters climb telephone poles to steal copper wire...an urban prairie of crushed bricks emerges. The first American city has died.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
All of this makes today a very unusual moment in European history. Now its culture has ceased dominating the earth and has retreated. Indeed, it is now actually being overwhelmed on its own continent with a large Muslim minority reproducing at incredible rates through migration and birth.
A disturbing time for the European identity...an exciting time for Islam. Is Europe the new Byzantium of the 21st century? Will its culture be as invisible in a century as the Byzantine culture is absent in modern Turkey? Or will there be a Christian religious and politically enlightened renaissance?