Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Best Way to Fight the Demagogues? Know, and Say, The World is Getting Better
What makes reactionaries, reactionaries is that they view all change as decline. It is not surprising that they are doomsayers - that is their slogan and recruiting strategy.
But it is a contradiction when progressive don't believe in progress. They should be the most devoted to seeing hope in change.
In this moment it is left to centrists to see that, in a thousand important ways, the world is getting better.
As Greg Easterbrook said in a recent well-named piece, "When Did Optimism Become Uncool?", the problem is that "the lack of optimism in contemporary liberal and centrist thinking opens the door to Trump-style demagogy."