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    I read "mental ingredients" (not a felicitous phrase) as cultural. J.G.A. Pocock, the great American historian put it this way: "Men and women cannot do what men and women cannot say they can do." In other words, you cannot manifest change inside a cultural/historical context that lacks the imagination for that change. You cannot transplant the institutional underpinnings of democratic government (for example, a military under strict civilian control, an independent judiciary, legal protections for property, domestic policing relatively free from corruption, and the apparatus like law schools, service academies, etc. that transmit institutional memory) unless the cultural context makes it possible. Change can come, but it is inter-generational and agonizingly slow.

    This also, by the way, is why there will be no "Revolution" in the United States. It is outside the "mental ingredients" for Americans to imagine such an event.

    At any rate, why spend any time fuming about David Brooks?

    Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

    by JoesGarage on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 09:38:02 AM PDT

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