Woody Allen Vs. William F. Buckley

(Caution: The audio on this video is very loud!)

One of the distinguishing characteristics of contemporary Americans is that they don’t like to debate politics and religion. They are happy to have their own views reinforced by people with similar views but they feel uncomfortable with disagreement. In some countries such as France and oddly Albania, to name to countries I’m modestly familiar with, this inhibition is much less evident.

I recently enjoyed a lively conversation in a bar in Paris in which my interlocutors were an American Jew, a North African Arab and a French diplomat. The conversation was about Israel and her enemies. I was shocked by how easily everyone was able to voice such very different opinions.

You don’t normally think of Americans as prudish and yet in so many ways we are.