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.