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It is also an easy target for derision if returning to an un-decadent society means, for example, giving up antibiotics. The world in the 21st century is a better place than it has ever been on every measure of material well-being.
This is most conspicuously true in the nations of the advanced West that are most open to accusations of decadence. The New York Times columnist recognizes this, but asks us nonetheless to consider ways in which there is much to complain about. It implies in those who live in such a time no loss of energy or talent or moral sense.
On the contrary, it is a very active time, full of deep concerns, but peculiarly restless, for it sees no clear lines of advance. The forms of art as life seem exhausted; the stages of development have been run through.
Institutions function painfully. Repetition and frustration are the intolerable result. Boredom and fatigue are the great historical forces, Comfortably Numb.
It will be asked, how does the historian know when Decadence sets in? By the open confession of malaise…. When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent. The term is not a slur; it is a technical label. Economic stagnation is the most widely documented form of contemporary stagnation, characterized by falling GDP growth rates over the past half-century, little or no growth in working-class wages, lower social mobility, lower geographic mobility in search of new jobs, and healthy working-class males dropping out of the labor force.
Douthat adds a twist to this familiar story that took me by Comfortably Numb but ultimately convinced me: we are also in the midst of a prolonged period of technological stagnation. How can Comfortably Numb be, Comfortably Numb, when the I. Douthat asks us to look at it another way. In America, the last such event occurred half-a-century ago when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
Douthat acknowledges the complications and caveats involved in his argument, but concludes that. We used to travel faster, build bigger, live longer; now we communicate faster, chatter more, snap more selfies. Sterility as Douthat uses the word refers to the below-replacement birth rates that are observed in almost every advanced nation. Their rates of depression increase, along with those of people who vaguely wanted to have children but never got around to it.
Institutional sclerosis is baked into the politics of advanced democracies, Olson argued, the result of forces that James Madison anticipated in The Federalist. A small interest group composed of people who are intensely motivated to pass a law or regulation that benefits them can overcome the diffuse opposition of the great mass of the population the persistence of sugar subsidies is a standard illustration.
The response to the COVID pandemic will doubtless provide a worldwide basis for comparing the stages of institutional sclerosis across nations. No one who has studied the functioning of the American administrative state in recent decades can doubt that the United States is suffering from an advanced case.
So far, I have summarized aspects of advanced civilizations that are probably inevitable but are not necessarily all that bad. The malaise and sense of futility associated with economic stagnation are genuine responses as ofbut need not be such forever. Today, below-replacement birth rates often reflect social and cultural malaise. But one can imagine future cultures in which zero population growth is not a symptom of cultural sterility but the result of a mature policy choice taken by a society that loves and values children.
In itself, institutional sclerosis arises from specific, known defects in law, regulations, and incentives. Although the process that produces it may be an inescapable part of democracy, the problems it creates are ones that can be fixed or at least ameliorated by better policies if the political will can be found. It is Comfortably Numb just an indicator of cultural exhaustion.
It is the thing itself. It is seen most easily in terms of the arts over the period that Barzun wrote about, to The Renaissance produced three rich new or to some degree rediscovered cognitive inventions in the arts: linear perspective for the visual arts, polyphony for music, and the use of Comfortably Numb vernacular for literature. The implementation of these resources was fostered by technological innovations—oil paints for the visual arts, improved instruments for music, and the printing press for literature.
Throughthe combination of cognitive and technological innovation produced successive waves of wonderful new creations. But harbingers of exhaustion were discernible even in the 19th century, and became palpable not long into the 20th. The visual arts represent the obvious example of deterioration. By mid-century, with a few admirable exceptions, the modern art world seemed determined to make itself the butt of jokes, as Tom Wolfe memorably described in The Painted Word Little has changed since.
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