I may at last have space to write my Good Fences piece, but first a new reference. “Western” rationality is eating itself.
I particularly like the use of the word special in this piece (which I’ve not fully digested yet) when talking about Western civilisation (as I do when talking about humanity).
Israeli historian Richard Landes may have written Good Fences before I ever got round to it. And linked it to the woke wave:
“It looks more and more every day that the West cannot control the catastrophic concessions its woke millennialists made over the course of the last two decades… in the name of progressive values.”
In defence of hard-won Western civilisation.
“rare progressive flowers that would wither in the cold air of prime-divider societies”
— What, Why & How do we know? (@psybertron) June 22, 2021
In the words of Creep – “You’re so fucking special.”
Like Landes …
“I’m only sorry that I’ve failed to communicate my understanding to people at a time when it really matters to see clearly.”
Turns out it is actually hard to communicate, and the story that is easy to communicate is the wrong one, the one that’s leading us astray. At root the problem is memetic.