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March 15, 2002

Just like Tolstoy, only stupid Lydia Nickerson can’t believe I didn’t quote this from the Alan Keyes piece alluded to below:
Of course, an entire people cannot have so perfect an understanding as its statesmen of the causes that justify, even require, going to war. Human history has taught us time and time again that as the simple faith of the peasant necessarily lacks much of the precision of the theologian92s doctrine, so the judgment of any nation will always lack much of the sophistication of the statesman92s subtle reasoning. But, like the faith of the holy peasant, the people92s grasp of the essential realities can be astonishingly complete, and deep—even wise—when it is in a form that a cynic might find simplistic.
Wow. Peasantry as holy. The simple serf in his place.

This is certainly as unhinged as the original Rall cartoon was malign, and more anti-American as well. Keyes should take his notion of holy peasantry back to Europe where it came from. We don’t do that here. [12:07 PM]

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Martin Wisse ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2002, 03:49 PM:

We don't do that in Europe either.