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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Ever Again  

The world won't do anything to stop the process, of course, but at least the Anuak have documentation, floating timelessly in cyberspace. Spengler, quoting Rosenzweig (again):
The pagans of old faced death with the confidence that their race would continue. But tribes and nations anticipate their own extinction just as individuals anticipate their own death, he added: 'The love of the nations for their own nationhood is sweet and pregnant with the presentiment of death.' Each nation, he wrote, knows that some day other peoples will occupy their lands, and their language and culture will be interred in dusty books.
The Wilsonian thesis of Every people a nation and the Westphalian Every nation inviolate combine to create a conflict with the long march of extinction.
Who now remembers the Lusitani, the Illyrians, the Sicani, the Quadians, Sarmatians, Alans, Gepidians, Herulians, Pannonians and a thousand other tribes of Roman times?
Who in a dozen centuries will remember the Anuak, the Tutsi, the Timorese, the Hmong, the Armenians - except on the internet, or perhaps among a remnant who found safe harbor in America?

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