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Reflections on the Revolution in Europe

November 7, 2009

My apologies for not having written for three weeks. I do intend to begin writing (again…) regularly, mainly on legal issues, but also frequently about books; the latter topic is the focus of this post.

I begin first, however, with a book recommendation: Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe. Echoing the title of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Caldwell explores the ways in which the increasingly large numbers of Muslims immigrating to Europe has affected both parties involved. He paints, to be blunt, a disturbing but unsurprising portrait: European nations whose leaders are, almost without exception, unable to bring themselves to stand up for the superiority of their nations’ cultures, and Muslims who have no qualms about loudly asserting their superiority. Perhaps most worrisome of all, he details the radicalism of Muslims in America’s staunchest European ally, Great Britain.

For the lay reader, Caldwell’s familiarity with and accessible explanations of European politics in the past forty years is quite helpful. I strongly encourage anyone interested in the recent history and future of Europe – and of freedom therein – to read this book.

1) One of the less noted races on Tuesday involved the fight for a spot on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, which was (I sense a theme here…) won by the Republican. A recap is here.

2) Ohio (sadly, over my no-vote) passed a state constitutional amendment permitting four casinos to be built in various urban centers across the state. Whatever your position on casinos, I would most readers agree that writing private monopolies into state constitutions is a bad idea. More info can be found here.

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