The Dark Side of a Renaissance

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“‘Renaissance’ is one of those words with almost exclusively positive connotations, like ‘democracy’ and ‘equality.’ And if ‘renaissance’ is a word that gives us warm fuzzies, it is because the original Renaissance was associated with a great many things we cherish — or at least pretend to cherish. One of those (purportedly) cherished things is reading books. … That is the Renaissance we celebrate: literacy and learning, reason, the end of ecclesiastical tyranny, culture, trade, city life, human flourishing — choice. And what did the Renaissance bring in politics? Despotism.” (07/08/21)