Corruption of the Jean Pool

Paul Weyrich, an influential molder of social-conservative opinion, wrote his followers that the public's disinclination to throw Bill Clinton out of office reflected "the collapse of the culture." At first I thought he was being a bit harsh. Then Levi Strauss announced that it's laying off a good chunk of its work force, partly because so many Americans have abandoned authentic blue jeans for designer jeans. That gave me a little more appreciation of what Weyrich was getting at. All of us with an interest in preserving Western civilization have our own notion of what just might be the last straw.

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