Darkness at Dawn

Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“There is a temptation among certain types of ideologues — I count myself among them — to assume that once things get bad enough, the political classes or the general public will have a collective eureka moment, at which point everyone adopts the ideologue’s worldview, policy prescriptions, and cultural preferences. The appeal of this notion is obvious. Perhaps the suffering imposed by our messy politics will be worth it, we think, if it means triumph in the end. … This has been a year of heightened contradictions, but things are not going as Marx predicted and Lenin urged. Pushing a broken system to its limits doesn’t fix the problems; it exacerbates them and entrenches them.” (for publication 08/21)