“The Hysterical Style”

Victor Davis Hanson indicts his, my, generation, and he’s got it right:

At some point in all this serial hysteria, we are beginning to see the problem is not in the stars of the economy or of the war, but in ourselves—a weird generation that, when it finally came of age, proved to be just about what we could expect of it from what we saw in its youth.

I add that the obverse side of the hysterical style is a sullen and inert style, which is cynical, flat in its affect, and desultory. Although imagining that as a “style” is difficult, when you see it you recognize it.

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