June 7, 2004

I’M ON AN ISLAND with nothing but dialup and no news. But Daniel Drezner’s first post is up over at GlennReynolds.com — it’s on offshore outsourcing.

How out of it am I? I didn’t know that Ronald Reagan had died until I saw a guy carrying a “commemorative edition” newspaper. But TechCentralStation has more, for those of you who are still plugged in. So does Andrew Sullivan, and, of course, The Corner. Also check out Virginia Postrel, Hugh Hewitt, and Kaus. And James Lileks observes:

“The people have spoken, the idiots,” I wrote in my journal after he was elected in 1980. I was living in a boarding house a block from the Valli, an English major at the U, a college paper columnist taking all the usual brave stances: Republicans are repressed hypocrites, Playboy insults women, etc. . . .

I am reminded of the thrill I got when I heard the words “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Because you can sum up Reagan’s legacy by polling any random high-schooler and reading that line.

“What wall?” they’d probably ask.

The wall, kid. You know: The Wall. The fortified gash. The thin lethal line that stood between tyranny and freedom. I mean, we lived in a time when there was a literal wall between those concepts, and we still didn’t get it.

Back later.

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