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The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization

Recorded on November 26, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium


Diana West sees a U.S. filled with middle-age guys playing air guitar and thinks "No wonder we can't stop Islamic terrorism."  She sees Moms who mosh and wonders "Is there a single adult left anywhere?"  But, the grown-ups are all gone.  The disease that killed them was incubated in the sixties to a rock-and-roll score, took hold in the seventies with the help of multiculturalism and left us with a nation of eternal adolescents who can't decide between "good" and "bad," a generation who can't say "no."  From the inability to nix a sixteen year-old's request for Marilyn Manson concert tickets to offering adolescents parentally-funded motel rooms on prom night to rationalizing murderous acts of Islamic suicide bombers with platitudes of cultural equivalence, West sees us on a slippery slope that's lead to a time when America has forgotten its place in the world.  In The Death of the Grown-Up, she serves up a provocative critique of our dangerously indecisive world leavened with humor and shot through with insight.


DIANA WEST is a Washington Times op-ed columnist, syndicated by United Media, and a CNN contributor to "Lou Dobbs Tonight."  She has contributed to many other publications includingthe Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, New Criterion, Public Interest, Women's Quarterly and Washington Post Magazine.  She has also written fiction for Atlantic Monthly.