In the confused age we live in, culture often goes unappreciated, or worse, unrecognized. Even what is meant by the word culture is not clear when anthropologists have hijacked it to describe even the most primitive behaviors.
It has been said that when the absurd becomes the norm, an age of decadence is in full swing.
By any sound economic appraisal of the Medicare system, the generation of Americans younger than 35 will never receive benefits from this welfare program. The program cannot continue to fund itself in its current form. Yet any mention of cutting benefits is met with the most vehement resistance from our elder generation.
On Monday, we will celebrate the birthday of Georgia's most famous son, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The usual clips, photographs and cliches will be reverently trotted out over the public airwaves, but these limited media devices can render only the most superficial account of the man's remarkably productive life. And they do nothing to reveal the extraordinary scope of King's mind and talents.
Over the past year we have seen an increase in public sentiment supporting secession as a viable mode of political action in the South, with recent examples in a letter to The Times outlining the constitutional legality of states' rights and in an article about the more public stance of the secession focused Abbeville Institute in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Beginning with Ronald Reagan, the political center in this country has increasingly extolled the free market "system" as the answer to all our society's ills. To emphasize the diminished role he would give the state, Reagan famously said "government is not the answer to all our problems. Government is the problem."
When my great uncle Amon Corn returned to North Georgia from Europe after World War II, one of the civic projects he led was to bring a library to his community. The region had nothing like the wealth it enjoys now, but he and others worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed to give people of the area access to something they had little of: good books.
During our latest elections, a militant group of Republicans has shown that they are willing to oust a member of their own party, midway through a campaign if necessary, for deviating from party dogma.