Politics of nihilism

At a recent discussion sponsored by the invaluable John Adams Center, someone remarked on the seeming incoherence of current progressive politics. As I understood the analysis, the progressivism of the early 20th century had reasonably clear (if tragically misguided) aims, but the progressives of today seem only interested in promoting the next novelty.

The nihilist Basarov in Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons accepts the charge of wanting to “destroy everything.” He says “the ground wants clearing.” Specifically, he challenges his interlocutor to “bring forward a single institution in our present mode of life, in family or in social life, which does not call for complete and unqualified destruction.”

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