On "nationalism" in Western culture. Are certain intellectuals now suggesting nationalism might not always be a be a "foul and rancid" concept? We look at some stunning recent statements from French author Michel Houellebecq and Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson. Was Edward Gibbon right about the "gradual" fall of Rome -- or was it actually more of a sudden collapse? We review analysis of the national question from Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, whose fascinating Zibaldone has now been published in English. Also, we remark on the immigration crisis facing Sweden, and, listen to UKIP leader Nigel Farage address the mounting crisis of Western Civilization. Meanwhile, we ponder the continued rise of Donald Trump, the consistent wrongness of pundit William Kristol, and ask whether or not it's time for a new "Ruling Class" in America. With music, some Johnny Cash and listener calls.
November 22, 2015