Saw this as I cruised a few blogs tonight, thought I’d play along.
The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!
The closest book is Who Really Cares: The Truth About Compassionate Conservatism by Arthur C. Brooks. I read about it a couple of weeks ago, and then it was featured on 20/20 last week, and I picked it up in Charlotte purely out of curiosity.
Sentences 5-8 on page 123:
A conversation with, say, a middle-class Norwegian is sufficient to convince any skeptic that high taxes and generous social welfare benefits are indeed part of a social consensus in modern Europe. This by itself seperates the income redistribution arguments of Europeans from American liberals. In the United States, opinion about redistribution are generally not backed up by policies. Furthermore, there is no American consensus on high levels of social spending. Thus, though the “charity through government spending” arguement is not a legitimate defense for failing to give in America, it might be in Europe.
Uh, yeah… in this case context would be necessary.