29.3.17

NO CAUSE FOR COMPLACENCY.

Thomas Barghest characterizes Tyler Cowen's new The Complacent Class as a "neoreactionary manifesto."  It's about the cycles of history, or perhaps as a Hegelian dialectic that never resolves.  Put another way, Fourth Turning stuff.
Though our lives have become unprecedentedly stable, continued Progress is not assured. Cyclical history is becoming more predictive. We are not meeting our expectations and our systems are fragile. Civilizations rise and fall. Ours appears to be falling by several measures. And Dark Enlightenment is coming whether you wish it or not.
Yes, the institutional structure in place to win World War II was not robust against other challenges, and eventually the new challenges overcome a structure that didn't emerge to meet them.  Perhaps that is Dark Enlightenment, or perhaps it is a rediscovery of the Ancient Verities.  Or perhaps, the emergence of those new walled cities?
These are the mechanisms that successful cooperative superclusters use to preserve themselves today, and they are not the exclusive preserve of the left. Half our battle, therefore, is just to convince modern elites that it’s OK to do what they’re already doing, defending their own small incipient patchworks from outside invasion, and thus free them to do it more purposefully and elegantly. And in the meantime, doing it consciously, we’ll also do it better.
Be careful though ... doing it consciously becomes the way toward better being the enemy of good enough, plus a bite in the tender parts from the Law of Unintended Consequences.  That's how the Great Power Saeculum fractured, after all.

Mr Barghest might get that.  He concludes, "We can do without the idols of Progress. We don’t need permission and we don’t need popular support. We can do it in our own backyards."

Bet on emergence.

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