Briton Ed West is leaving the Telegraph and offers some thoughts:
‘Conservatism is depressive realism. That’s not to say that things are always bad, or necessarily getting worse, but that there is a natural tendency among humans to ignore problems, and it’s our job to point this out.’
He finishes with:
‘So thank you, and I will continue somewhere the struggle against cultural Marxism, the Frankfurt School, Lib-Lab-Con, Common Purpose, Gramscian hegemony and reality in general. And remember, if you think things are bad, they can always get worse, and probably will.’
Perhaps you can hold out more hope than the Stoics did, even a muted optimism for some improvement of the human condition and our institutions. Though not by forcing human nature to conform top-down rationalism nor our institutions to meet impossibly idealistic goals.
In the modern age it often it so boils down to: Stop!
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