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February 24, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Possible answer to Nietzsche Critique & other forms of critical post-modern skepticism

History is on our side–the world is getting better for multiple reasons. Modernity solves your K as developed nations prove and your authors are hyper-delusional.
Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing, p. 237-238

The wealthy of nations of the world–North America, the European Union, Japan, and Australia– are at a Florentine moment: rich, at peace, enough food, health, and harmony. How will we invest our wealth? What will our renaissance be?
History, in the hands of the postmodernists, is taught as “one damn thing after another.” I believe the postmodernists are misguided and misguiding. I believe that history is the account of human progress and that you have to be blinded by ideology not to see the reality of this progress. Balky, with fits and starts, the moral and economic envelope of recorded history is, nevertheless, upward. As a child of the Great Depression and the Holocaust, I am clear eyed about the terrible obstacles that remain. I am clear eyed about the fragility of prosperity, and of the billions of human beings who do not yet enjoy the flowers of human progress. But it cannot be denied that even in the twentieth century, the bloodiest of all our centuries, we defeated fascism and communism, we learned how to feed six billion people, and we created universal education and universal medical care. We raised real purchasing power more than fivefold. We extended the life span. We began to curb pollution and care for the planet, and we made huge inroads into racial, sexual, and ethnic injustice. The age of the tyrant is coming to an end, and the age of democracy has taken firm root.
The economic, military, and moral victories are our proud heritage of the twentieth century. What gift will the twenty-first century pass to our posterity?


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