[Bork] doesn’t write nearly as well as the Unabomber…By substituting dogma and abstraction for coherent narrative and historical fact, the judge can imagine the wreck of American civilization, that once noble work of Christian conscience, having been caused by a small band of traitorous intellectuals who, on or about the same day that the Beatles first showed up in America, bludgeoned the security guards surrounding the nation’s top disc jockeys, gained access to the control booths, destroyed the Perry Como records, and broadcast “All You Need is Love” to thirty million teenagers, all of them ripe with sexual yearning, who heard the song on their portable radios and so began to dance, naked and tumescent and unashamed, on the grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Soon afterward barbarians sacked the universities; atrocious liberals seized the movie studios; feminists captured the churches; nihilists took over the national parks…

Lewis Lapham, “Dies Irae.” Review of Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert H. Bork. From Waiting for the Barbarians, 1997, pp. 134-135.

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