Our ruling oligarchy has made it socially difficult even to think about the difference between what is right and wrong. This itself presents us with an important crossroads. Eliminating the intellectual and moral conversation that made the American republic unique has been the oligarchs' effect if not also their objective. Their success in this enterprise haunts America's future. China does not.
- Angelo M. Codevilla, "The Specter of Chinese Civilization" in Where Next?: Western Civilization at the Crossroads, edited by Roger Kimball.
[Codevilla's essay was written shortly before his death.]
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