We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

28th November 2012

Jay Nordlinger watches the wheel turn.

Last week, I saw a headline that interested me: “Bahrain lawmaker burns Israeli flag in parliament.” I thought, Great — but could he burn a Bahraini flag? Where would that land him? What’s the Arabic word for “gulag” again?

I also thought of a Cold War joke — one that Reagan liked to tell. An American and a Russian are arguing about freedom in their respective countries. The American says, “Look, I can march outside the White House and say, ‘Down with Reagan!’ Nothing will happen to me.” The Russian says, “Big deal. I can march outside the Kremlin and say, ‘Down with Reagan!’ — and nothing will happen to me either.”


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