Monday, December 29, 2008

RIP: Samuel P. Huntington, a Political Science Giant Among Pygmies

Huntington is famous for a number of ground-breaking perspectives, well annotated and roundly criticized by ultra-left airheads like Edward Said, on the shifting realities on the ground of global political movements. PC leftists and "new" Democrats routinely castigate Huntington, who worked in the Carter NSC, for not reciting their rote anodyne nostrums and signing on to bogus "Davos Man" elitism. [SPH coined the term of the other-worldly haute politique of detached condescension practiced by the EU faineants [and their obsequious allies in the US MSM like Tiny Tom Friedman].

Most recently, Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order was a dose of realism and his knowledge of the persistence of ancient codes and antagonism into the post-Cold War order, contrasting with Francis Fukuyama's sunny and blithe Pollyanna tome, The End of History and the Last Man. 911 blatantly punctuated Huntington's thesis with a bloody exclamation mark!

SPH's masterful writings on The Third Wave and Hispanicization of parts of America earned him the enmity of know-nothing ultra lefties who will dutifully trash this Magister Ludi of late twentieth century political thinking.

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