- The Washington Times - Friday, July 27, 2001

The dark ages
"We're in the dark ages in this country right now. The slogan 'It's not TV, it's HBO' is probably the first instance ever of a tag line being completely accurate. The only TV worth watching is HBO.
"Other cultures that haven't had the Moral Majority suppression have moved their culture forward. We haven't.
"We are the only country in the whole world without dominant state-controlled media. In a democracy, the state is supposed to be the people. So if it's truly the people, I'd rather run the risk of a government truly run by the people than a corporation doing it.
"What we should have is a country like the , which has the BBC, not run for profit. In France, state-run TV, state-run radio.
"We have five movie companies. TV is owned by movie companies with the exception of NBC, which is owned by a company that makes nuclear weapons (GE). When you have this setup, do you think art and artists are getting nurtured?"
—filmmaker Michael Moore, in an interview with the Web site Murmurs at www.murmurs.com

Dividing line
"Let us now pray for the Democratic Party, which 'must earn back the people's trust on matters of values and culture and faith.'
"That advice came last week from none other than Lieberman, the most recent Democratic vice presidential nominee.
"Mr. Lieberman along with his mates at the Democratic Leadership Council, knows his party's religion deficit cost it the White House last year. 'We have too often dismissed and disparaged the importance of faith in American life and made the faithful feel unwelcome in our party, particularly if they are open and outspoken about their religion,' Mr. Lieberman told a DLC convention last week.
"Religious practice is increasingly the main dividing line in American politics. Of voters who said they attended church or synagogue at least four times a month, 57 percent voted for Mr. Bush last year, vs. only 40 percent for Mr. Gore. That was twice as many voters as those who said they never went to church, who voted for Mr. Gore by 2-to-1.
"This has cost Democrats dearly, especially in the Catholic precincts they used to dominate. Democrats might want to recall how it took them 20 years to recover from getting on the wrong side of the crime issue in the 1960s and 1970s."
—from "Lack of Faith," an editorial in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal


Academic anarchy
"Anti-globalization, animal rights, radical environmentalism: We live in an age of naive and futile but peculiarly destructive protest movements. And their roots are very clearly in the contemporary university.
"The sober analysts who I hear commenting on these protesters always seem to miss the point. The analysts complain that the protesters have no clear message; that they claim to speak on behalf of the poor and oppressed in the Third World, yet offer proposals that would only extend poverty and deepen misery; and that the economic theories of the protesters are crudely irrational. I say, of course! Of course! These are, after all, our liberal-arts graduates. They have been taught to feel, not to think.
"College was once the passage from the lingering enchantments of childhood to the harder mysteries of adult knowledge, but it has become more and more an extension of childhood, a period in which trivialities abound and the search for new enchantments proceeds.
"Anti-globalism, like our other contemporary radicalisms, is a welter of confused ideas the loci of which are not the factory floor, the tropical plantation, or the union hall, but the university classroom and the campus coffee shop."
—Peter Wood, writing on "Surprise, Surprise," Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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