Descending into Chaos by David Solway


Decadence is a staple of the human condition, but there are times when the forces of debasement and corruption seem far more conspicuous and irreversible than at other times when they are in approximate abeyance. And this, I believe, is one of those times, especially when observing the cultural and political scene in our own advanced and presumably enlightened countries.

The precipitous plunge from lawfulness to indiscriminate turmoil, from structure to chaos, from civility to barbarism is indeed upon us. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote back in 1969-70 of "the credulity, even the vulgarity of the supposed intellectual and social elite of the country," and added, "I know there is an authoritarian Left in this country, and I fear it." He had every reason to.

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