...to know which way the wind blows...
At his blog recently, Roger Simon posted "2010: A Year of Living Dangerously". Simon was on the barricades with other leftist radicals in the 1960's; over the years he's remained a classical liberal/libertarian and, for that reason, finds himself more friendly to conservatism than the reactionary liberalism of the present.
Roger mused - not in his words - that there's the smell of smoke in the air. 2010 is rumbling with changes, but not of the kind envisioned by the rigid liberal yokels in charge here and abroad. I agree, although I can't identify the causes - as one never can. Historians do that when the smoke clears.
The Left has tried for two generations to reduce everything in life to its smallest controllable dimensions, to miniaturize the large truths of human nature, which is like trying to hide giants in a land of pygmies. The symbols of the unconquered raise their hands and voices every day in this blog and thousands of others. Their blood is pooling in Iran at this moment.
Leftists have tried to disable the critical faculties through fear, re-education and the subversion of human aspiration, to make all other modes of thought impossible. They imagine a friction-free State with themselves turning the levers of power. But that seems to be coming to an end, because of the multiplying problems of reality on the ground. Suit up and be prepared.