Against History-as-Nightmare

The good doctor posits convincing arguments against the fallacious worldview that the past is nothing but a nightmare of injustice in his latest Law & Liberty article.

In the third place, and most importantly, the fact of progress is much less useful to political entrepreneurs than is the narrative of history as nothing but a nightmare that continues to the present day and, as Marx put it, weighs upon the brain of the living. Only by keeping the memory of the nightmare ever-present in the minds of their sheep, thereby stoking resentment, may the political shepherds herd, and then fleece, the flock.

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