This was sent to me by Del, a Marine buddy. His comments are below. It is well worth reading.
It's a eulogy for Professor Gerry Kelebay, but also for freedom of thought and the very concept of the University. And for Western Civilization. ~Bob
Bob, that piece is in fact more depressing than anything else as far as I am concerned. It provides that nice, sharp picture of Western Civilization on this side of the old Iron Curtain being well on its way to cultural suicide, while the old communist countries have had their original societies so damaged by the two generations of corrupt communist rule that they no longer have the strengths and virtues of their past.
Aggressive secularism (or "godlessness" if one prefers more dramatic terms) eventually leads to a lot of the population substituting a value system based entirely on self instead of on their former Judao-Christian ideals. Once a large fraction of the people are looking out for themselves only, with few compunctions about how they do it, things pretty much go to hell because there isn't a social compact anymore to really hold things together. When not enough people are willing to subordinate themselves to the greater good, there is little chance of their being any greater good.
Hence, the all time superb quote from Burke- "All that is necessary for the victory of evil is for enough men to do nothing". He doesn't say "for enough bad men to take over" because if enough people don't fight the evil, it doesn't take very many bad people to turn everything into an unholy mess. Lenin taught that you could take over any society with 3% of the population, if they were armed, organized, and ruthless.
Even if you don't have that 3% organized, if enough people don't or can't resist, maybe nobody takes over society, but it just degenerates into chaos. With regional strongmen ruling their little fiefdoms. Somalia with the warlords is a good example. It's back to barbarism, but with armored vehicles, radio communications, and an AK-47 for everybody.
The underpinnings of our society have been undergoing erosion and sabotage for at least 30 years now, and we have been badly weakened. There's still a solid core of good people with good values, but the political process has been corrupted, the media has been perverted, and a great deal of the educational system is dysfunctional or worse, promoting the sabotage.
All is not lost yet, but we sure are at risk. We can only hope and work towards an awakening of that core that will finally sweep enough of the craven and corrupt politicians out of office that a rebirth of common sense and real leadership will help us start climbing out of the hole that we've been dug into over these decades.
God Help America