The Need for the Bad News

The story of man’s passage from religious or philosophical transcendentalism has been told many times, and, since it has usually been told as a story of progress, it is extremely difficult today to get people in any number to see contrary implications. Yet to establish the fact of decadence is the most pressing duty of our time because, until we have demonstrated that cultural decline is a historical fact—which can be established—and that modern man has about squandered his estate, we cannot combat those who have fallen prey to hysterical optimism. –Ideas Have Consequences, 10



  1. unknowing said,

    October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Filed under T.S. Eliot . . .

  2. Neoclassical said,

    October 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Oops. Thanks.

  3. kraml said,

    November 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Have you done any reading in/on the New England Transcendentalists? BTW, I love the “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated): * `Michael Jackson’s This Is It’ to open worldwide.” He he he . . . .

    • Neoclassical said,

      May 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      Sorry, Kraml!

      No, I don’t believe I’ve read anything by the New England Transcendentalists.

  4. unknowing said,

    March 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Way to pay attention to kraml.

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