I agree that the two sides aren't equal in all respects. Savagery seems worse than jadedness.

The question is whether the American alternative to what I call "conservative" animalism (social Darwinism) is sustainable (link below). The New Deal showed that Americans can be proud of their government. But Reagan and the Cold War soured Americans on big government socialist projects, and the government has been largely gridlocked and hamstrung ever since, allowing the infrastructure and the culture to decay.

As a result, the left has, I think, lost hope and curdled. The young progressives seem idealistic, but their guiding philosophy (Foucaultian pessimism and postmodern hyperskepticism) threatens to undermine their socialist and egalitarian goals with nihilistic apathy. The question might be whether that nihilism can be overcome to sustain a workable alternative to Trumpian trolling and savagery, before American neofascists take over with their dreadful form of idealism.

Your point is well made. I'll have to take a look at your writings.


Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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