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The great Glenn Reynods captures an insight about Greek vase painters, an artistic style that died out three generations after the basis for the style had died, noting that the current practitioners know nothing else, and they raise a generation in their own image, but weakened.

“This is the length of time it usually takes for a people, after a far-reaching social change, to get habits which are no longer relevant thoroughly out of their system; for the first generation of survivors are still people brought up under the old order, and the second generation are people brought up by people who were brought up under the old order. This is one reason why a century, a period of about three generations, so often seems to have a distinctive character. In the third generation . . . a fresh start is made with . . . a vigorous and talented people.”

It makes me think of Felix Frankfurther and his New Deal Commerce Clause, along with a much better jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes, who I think coined the bumper sticker, “Had enough yet?”

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