era, of the past? Yes and no. All aroundrnme are awful premonitions of a globalrnfuture. There is one kind of sound andrnone frenzied gunfire of pictures thatrnthrobs, rules, pervades, dominates all thernpublic places on every floor, screamingrnand yelling throughout this monstrousrnprison-box of the Hotel Oliimpia, at thernbar and coffee shop and in the corridors,rnelevators, halls, spilling out even fromrnthe small hanging telescreens over thernreceptionist’s desk: the black and whiternniggers of MTV. That deadening diabolicalrnbeat, their endless writhings andrnscreamings—these are not the results ofrnpain but the creations of a new kind ofrnbarbaric self-assertion. The Anglo-rnSaxon age is going, the prestige andrnpower of the British are largely gone, thernUnited States retreats across the globe,rnbut English—well, a kind of English—isrnstill and will remain for some time thernlingua franca of the world (well, notrnmuch of a lingua and not very franca,rnbut let that pass).rnDarkness arrives in Tallinn in the earlyrnafternoon. Then the huge doors ofrnthe Hotel Oliimpia are closed; the onlyrnentrance is watched by a young staff ofrnhotel detectives, allowing some peoplernto enter, jostling others away. Here, too,rnis the contrast: the new world of twornkinds of people, those within and thosernwithout. Groups of young men andrnwomen, the girls with great eoats overrntheir incredible clothes, endeavor tornpenetrate the Oliimpia. This is their instantrnfuture, the central emanations ofrnsteam-heat and loud sound and companyrnand sex, the world of MTV, thernpromise not of bourgeois comforts butrnof a proletarian Dionysia. Outside thernchilly cold, the dark city under a blackrnstarless sky, the sullen shut Orthodoxrnchurch, the broken sidewalks, the olderrnpeople huddled at the bus stops, goingrnback to their hot pots in their delapidated,rncreaky rooms. Very far from NewrnYork and yet not so different from muchrnof it. Eighty years ago John Butler Yeatsrn(the poet’s father) wrote that “the fiddlesrnare tuning up all over America.” Itrnwas not ragtime that he meant; but, inrnany event, the run from ragtime to metal-rnrock was shorter than he, or anyonernelse, could have imagined. It is near globalrnnow. New classes. New Barbarians—rnand the future may be theirs. It is fromrntheir ranks that one day the new Alexandersrnand Caesars and the new feudalrnlords will rise, with beautiful youngrnwomen around them, longing for theirrnchains.rnNext morning, snowstorm. Sea gullsrnand sea hawks fly across Tallinn, inland.rnThe Estonian historians, the scholars ofrnthe Estonian Academy of Sciences, allrnvery nice people, as we talk about allrnkinds of historic details, including thernsmallest episodes, ransack the dramaticrnstory of the extinction of their independencernby the Russians in 1940. Somernof them are troubled by their presentrnpolitics. It is not easier to be free thanrnnot to be free. A new form of governmentrnand state seems to be congealingrneverywhere in Eastern Europe, perhapsrnalmost everywhere in the world: the onepartyrnstate of a new kind. Not the partystaternof the Nazi or Fascist or Communistrntype: those were police-states as wellrnas party-states. Now the tyranny of thernstate police will be limited (though farrnfrom gone). Here, as elsewhere in EasternrnEurope, the pushy squeegee tyrannyrnof the majority will prevail, as it indeedrnalready prevails: a nationalist govern-rnTHE SOCIAL CONTRACTrnTHE ONLY JOURNAL ADDRESSING THE INTERCONNECTEDrnTOPICS OF POPULATION GROWTH, IMMIGRATION POLICY,rnAND DERIVATIVE QUESTIONS OF ASSIMILATIONrnAND NATIONAL UNITY.rnThe Social Contract provides hard facts, competent analysis,rnan enlightened perspective and intelligent commentary onrnimmigration policy – not to be found in any other journal.rn- Sidney B. Rawitz, General Counsel, 1974-79rnU.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Immigrationrn1_rnThe Social Contract – Subscription Departmentrn316 V2 E. Mitchell Street, Suite 4rnPetoskey, Ml 49770rnNamernAddressrnZiprna Check enclosed for $25 for fourrnquarterly issuesrn• Please bill me.rn• Please send a sample issue ofrnThe Social Contract.rn$5 is enclosed.rnnrnFEBRUARY 1993/41rnrnrn