“This could be why we don’t celebrate the anniversary of 1989 quite as intensely as we should. Maybe we miss living with the possibility of real defeat. Maybe we sense, as we hunt for the next great existential threat, that even the end of history needs to have an end.”

Excellent essay in today’s NYT by Ross Douthat on the enduring paranoias of a liberal society. Speaking of paranois, Paul Krugman’s essay in the NYT on how paranoia may be making the USA ungovernable is also worth reading.