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The survival of culture : permanent values in a virtual age
Kramer, Hilton.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Ivan R. Dee, 2002.
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xi, 258 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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CB245 .S97 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In essays drawn from the pages of The New Criterion, ten critics reflect on the direction of our society. They emphasize both the dangers that threaten our institutions and the vivifying survivals that are worthy of being cherished and nurtured.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The essays in this collection, drawn from a special series of the same name in the conservative journal the New Criterion, which Kramer and Kimball edit, are united by a common theme: the struggle to uphold traditional Western values-those embracing individualism and capitalist democracy-in the face of "the encroaching desert of mindless conformity and rancorous political correctness." These values, according to the authors, are under attack in the media, the political arena, universities and cultural institutions. The essays focus on a range of subjects, from Robert Bork's piece on the influence of politics on the judiciary and Mark Steyn's scathing indictment of the U.N. conference on racism in Durban to Martin Greenberg's look at the writings of political philosopher Edmund Burke. Though some contributions are tightly focused and provocative, like Keith Windschuttle's "The Culture War on Western Civilization," which argues against conventional wisdom about Europe's imperialism and aggression, other pieces are uneven. Intriguing arguments are sometimes obscured by hyperbole (one writer calls the European Union a totalitarian system) or get lost in overly broad laments about the decline of civilization, with blame placed at the feet of such familiar conservative target as the "Euro-left" and Jesse Jackson. Still, though the essays themselves are a mixed bag, the book should be applauded for its attempt to stimulate debate, which it surely will among those who read it. (Nov. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This anthology is made up of a series of essays recently published in the New Criterion, the conservative journal of aesthetics edited by Kramer and Kimball, on perceived threats to contemporary Western culture. The wide-ranging topics include anti-Western sentiment among intellectuals, judicial activism, and the fate of the book in a digital world. Robert H. Bork, Mark Steyn, Keith Windschuttle, and the other contributors have right-leaning agendas, and the anthology makes no pretense of providing an ideologically balanced account of the state of Western culture. Nevertheless, the essays are often lively, smart, and thought-provoking, and the best ones are caustic, sometimes funny jeremiads. As a collection, however, the book lacks coherence and suffers unnecessarily from its editors having failed to define more succinctly the capacious and amorphous term culture. Despite its flaws, this book has much to offer and is recommended for public libraries.-Andrew Brodie Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lib., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Kenneth MinogueEric OrmsbyAnthony DanielsDavid Pryce-JonesKeith WindschuttleMark SteynMartin GreenbergDiana SchaubRobert H. BorkRoger Kimball
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Survival of Culturep. ix
The New Epicureansp. 3
The Battle of the Bookp. 28
The Felicific Calculus of Modern Medicinep. 54
A Malign Legacyp. 75
The Cultural War on Western Civilizationp. 98
The Slyer Virus: The West's Anti-Westernismp. 122
Burke and Political Libertyp. 148
The Pillars of the Temple of Libertyp. 171
Adversary Jurisprudencep. 191
The Fortunes of Permanencep. 223
Contributorsp. 249
Indexp. 251