I try to read everything Paul Johnson writes--from his brilliant and incisive histories to his always scintillating columns. He is wise, witty, prophetic, and practical all at the same time. His most recent commentary in Forbes Magazine is an apt demonstration of all that and more: read it and weep.
Thanks to my academic collegue, Rhonda Kemp for sending it along to me.
By the way, Johnson writes a regular column for the wonderful English weekly, The Spectator. The magazine's always marvelous book reviews, the dry humor of the cartoons, and Johnson's contributions actually make it well worth the rather steep subscription price.