He's got a good take on the mindset of Elitist Boomer vs Silent Boomer. But I still think that the Elitist Boomers are merely dancing to the tune of another meme - a meme codified long ago and given expression in the utopianist fantasies of the 18th century French dreamers, of the communards of the 19th century - their failed colonies notwithstanding, of the blood and iron national socialists and communists of the early twentieth century, of the murderous Pan-Arabist socialists and Islamic jihadists of the late twentirth and early twenty-first centuries.
It's the meme of the immanent eschaton that I've lately come to get a glimmer of understanding through my reading of Voegelin. That meme has been the headwaters of every self-annointed god and monster, saint and devil who thought that they could remake Man in their image - no matter the purpose. Gramsci acted under its influence, although I'm sure that he wasn't conscious of it. Hegel, Schopenhauer, Bergson - same deal. It's the wellspring of the seemingly irrational hatred that those of us who aren't drunk on its possibilites can't seem to fathom.
There's a lot more to be said on this subject, but it's late and I'm far from qualified to speak more knowledgeably on this right now. More study needed, but I think I'm on to something.
posted on 04/10/2003 11:16:13 PM PDT
(You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality - Ayn Rand)
It's the wellspring of the seemingly irrational hatred that those of us who aren't drunk on its possibilites can't seem to fathom.
Exactly right. This sort of utopianism is a secular religion. And like many "true believers", they cannot tolerate having their beliefs challenged. Unfortunately, the things they believe "on faith" do not correspond with reality. Only arrogance and blind faith keep them trying it over and over again.
I'd appreciate your keeping me posted as you develop your thoughts on this subject.
posted on 04/10/2003 11:28:59 PM PDT
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