This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Political messianism

One of the dangers of political idealism is that it leads people to believe that the fundamental problem of evil is itself situated in the political order, as if the answer to human sin is to be found in the pages of the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. Here we can speak of a political messianism.

Political messianism is so universal today that it is difficult to describe the concept without sounding like we are describing a ‘commonsense reality’ that could not be any other way. How many American ‘voters’ see their form of democracy as the solution to many fundamental human problems? How many believe, in sentiment if not in word, that if the correct political framework were established, human suffering, man’s companion from time immemorial, would for the most part be resolved?

Political messianism treats political structures as if they could and should accomplish the work of the Savior of Mankind. It is no coincidence, in this light, that political messianism grew up in the early 19th century when religion as a social force was falling out of favor and the secular state was born.

The disciples of political salvation typically devolve into two camps, depending on whether their psychology tends toward a universalist or a particularist view. Americans and Europeans tend toward the particularist view, and therefore toward liberal democracy. Those of a universalist bent tend toward totalitarian socialism. For both groups, the system and its ideals come to fill the void left after religion has been carved out of the social body and discarded.

As a further clarification, we can also say that for Europe and the United States, the system is identical with ‘the nation’, hence the presence of nationalism and, in its most extreme form, the delusion known as American exceptionalism.

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