The New Religion

Theodore Dalrymple stumbles upon a book of poetry from the mid-19th century in his library that causes him to reflect on our current Western political and cultural predicament over at Takimag.

Where ignorant armies clash by night: Is that not a summary of our present sociopolitical situation? America has ceased to be different from the rest of the Western world in remaining religious, with the result that politics is the new religion. It has removed transcendence and salvation from the private and personal sphere to the public realm, where it can lead only to conflict.

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