October 1st, 2019

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I have started listening to Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds (liking it so far), and what impressed me the most was the slightly distanced (although there are a lot of "we"s) and somewhat scholarly tone to his prose, which suddenly made me feel as if I was reading a commentary on the history of some literary tradition. It made too real the realization of how future literary and cultural scholars will look at our time and try to puzzle out the influences, chronology and pivotal points of the current cultural transformations, and weigh in on their causes. Don’t know how long he’ll be able to keep this tone going.

On my part, I am still mystified by the mechanism by which an ideology becomes so mainstream it starts to get preached by mass media and to permeate businesses and government institutions alike. There is something both magnificent and mysterious in this, like it probably was during the rise of Christianity.

P.S.: sigh, the scholarly tone didn't last longer than the introduction.