Excerpt ur Robert Hughes 'Gnällkulturen'
[Bilden ovan är ett internetfynd, oklart vem som gjort den.] 

Glad korsfästelsehelg! Här kommer en kort excerpt ur Robert Hughes  The Culture of Complaint - The Fraying of America. Utgiven 1993, Harvill/HarperCollins-OUP, är den en kommentar till tillståndet i den amerikanska och världspolitiken med särskilt avseende på den förstnämnda, motiverad av att såväl allmänhet som politiker lagt det sakliga resonemanget på hyllan till förmån för mer lömska maktmedel. Som att knyppla sig en offerkofta och gråta ut om hur förtryckt man är, eller genom att ställa galna krav som påstås vara patriotiska, eller genom att allmänt idealisera bildnings- och historielöshet. Med mera. Vad han rasar över kallar han "PK", politisk korrekthet. 

Det är inget intellektuellt lysande resonemang men redan för ett kvarts sekel sedan kunde Hughes med lakoniskt etter konstatera sådant som en del förvånas över och brottas med idag. Som att det inte finns någon ny världsordning, utan på sin höjd en ny oordning i den gamla världsordningen alternativt en den nya världens oordning. 

Sidan 28ff.

... "The New World Order". This uplifting phrase meant nothing. Bush was lucky that the Berlin Wall fell and that the Soviet monolith, its underpinnings rotted beyond repair during the Brezhnev years, collapsed during his Presidency. Sensibly, he did not intervene, and left the liberation of Eastern Europe to the Europeans and Russians themselves. 
But at present there is no "New World Order". 
Instead, we have an intractable New World Disorder, laced with Arms Business as Usual, as all the nationalist passions and religious hatreds that had been frozen under the Soviet imperial icecap since 1945 - some, inside Russia, since 1917 - emerge, refreshed by their siesta, impotently watched by the rest of Europe and by the few Americans who can bestir themselves to look up Sarajevo in an atlas, and start killing. 
The right has its own form of PC - Patriotic Correctness, if you like - equally designed to veil unwelcome truths. It, too, has a vested interest in keeping America divided, a strategy that bodes worse for the country's polity than anything the weak, constricted American left can be blamed for. 
Polarization is addictive. It is the crack of politics - a short intense rush that the system craves again and again, until it begins to collapse. The exacerbated division between "right" and "left" in America comes from reality-loss. It no longer fits the way that most voters respond to politics or envisage their own needs. In the sixties, the New Left tried to label every conservative a fascist. In the eighties, the New Right called every liberal a socialist - and the name stuck. In their unconstrained hostility to everything that descended from the New Deal, the Reaganites managed to conflate all government intervention in economic life (except the military budget) with creeping Marxism. Then, when real Marxism collapsed at the end of the 1980s, its death was made out to be a crushing setback for American liberalism. There, was, for a time, a grim humour in the sight of conservative columnists and editors singing "Glory, glory, the Soviet Union has fallen apart because of the far-sighted actions of Ronald Reagan", without noticing that the USA was coming unstuck for the same reason.