Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Rhein gives its gold to the sea

In these later years, with this darkening horizon, I have been struck by the shortness of historical memory. It seems to work for about 50-60 years even in our supposedly rational civilization, supposedly ever learning from its mistakes. And now we think that the 1930's are so deliciously retro, so worth imitating. And liberalism, this bland, technocratic liberal-democratic modern order back in its sorry role as the guardian of blind, shortsighted, ever destructive capital. Any fighting social-liberalism steadfastly forgotten, any conviction forsaken, forgotten. And democratic socialism a shadow of its old self, even if that. So, the worst are back to their passionate intensity and the best have little idea of anything. Interesting to live in interesting times.

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