Neal Stephenson on approaching the next century with the same ideals that worked so well for this one

From today’s WSJ:

Neal Stephenson in his 1999 book “In the Beginning Was the Command Line”:

The twentieth century was one in which limits on state power were removed in order to let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abattoir. . . . We Americans are the only ones who didn’t get creamed at some point during all of this. We are free and prosperous because we have inherited political and value systems fabricated by a particular set of eighteenth-century intellectuals who happened to get it right. But we have lost touch with those intellectuals.

 

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