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America in the age of primitivism
 by Michael Lind 


Is the 21st century a Dark Age, compared to the 20th? Is the culture of modernity and
enlightenment slipping away, in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world? Is this really an
age of neo-primitivism and superstition?

A case can be made that yes, we are indeed in a period of rising irrationalism.
This irrationalism permeates our politics, from the right to the center to the left.
And it has done so for some time.

Following the world wars, the U.S. and other liberal democracies rebuilt themselves as modern,
technology-based, progressive societies that offered a higher standard of living to ordinary people
than ever before. Gradually they liberalized their cultures, shedding the vestiges of priestly control,
moved toward meritocracy away from aristocracy and dismantled racial caste systems.

They devoted themselves to great civil engineering projects, like hydropower dams,
nuclear power plants, continent-spanning highways and space exploration. And then
their people suddenly got tired of modernity and tried to crawl back into the past.

Here’s an idea...Let everyone who opposes abortion, wants to ban GM foods and nuclear
energy, hates cars and trucks and planes and loves trains and trolleys, seeks to ban suburbia,
despises consumerism, and/or thinks Darwin was a fraud join the Regressive Party. Those of us
who believe that the real, if exaggerated, dangers of technology, big government, big business
and big labor are outweighed by their benefits can join the Modernist Party. While the Regressives
secede from reality and try to build their premodern utopias on their reservations, the Modernists
can resume the work of building a secular, technological, prosperous, and relatively egalitarian
civilization, after a half-century detour into a Dark Age.

I would be great if we could split the country in half.
Give the cave people either everything east or west of the Mississppi River
and the people who aren't afraid of the dark would get the other half
so we could each live in peace in our respective countries.

In a way, we kinda have that now.
New York and San Francisco and Austin are islands of sanity in this "ghosts are real" country,
but the most ignorant bastards among as, like Coburn and Inhofe, have the power to shut down
New York and San Francisco and Austin try to do.

I'm generally a fan of the Constitution, but I hate that the senators from farm states with
300,000 people have as much (or more) power than senators from states with 30 million people.

It only takes one caveman to pee in the punch bowl and they almost always do.


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