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Requiem for Modern Politics: The Tragedy of the Enlightenment and the Challenge of the New Millennium
Requiem for Modern Politics: The Tragedy of the Enlightenment and the Challenge of the New Millennium
By William Ophuls
320 pp, Westview Press, 1997
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A strange combination of left- and right-wing themes, this book attacks the tradition of the liberal Enlightenment both because modern life undermines community and virtue through trends like feminism and multiculturalism, and because it is bad for the environment. The root of both evils is modern capitalism. But as those who live in pre-industrial societies know, being poor does not guarantee virtue, nor is it always more pleasant to be nature's victim than its master.