This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The extremes of reformers

Most reformers run to one of two extremes: either they operate on ideals lacking any real connection with the realities of life, which is typical of the academic type; or else they embrace a crude utilitarianism along the lines of John Stuart Mill. The founders of the United States of America seem to have achieved a combination of the two, not in the sense that they found a happy medium, but in the sense that their work seems to display the worst characteristics of both tendencies. However, in the end, the tendency toward idealism has prevailed.

The United States is a nation of ideals, where everyone is an idealist and where no one bases any of their policies or principles on the world as it actually is. This is, I think, because the world as it is, and man as he is, is unpleasant most of the time. Only in the more courageous periods of human history could philosophy and reality come into close contact. We are far past that now, in the age of ideals, the age of the fearful fleeing of reality. Spengler was right: ideals are cowardice. And the degree to which a culture lives on ideals is the degree to which it has lost its cultural bravery.

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