The Not So Great Re-Enchantment
11/24/2021
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Earlier by Steve Sailer: Our Demon-Haunted Current Year

Max Weber talked about modernity as “the disenchantment of the world.” From the Los Angeles Review of Books:

The Trouble with Re-Enchantment
By Jason Crawford

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

HAVE YOU HEARD the good news? The re-enchantment of the world is at hand.

At least, the whisper goes so. Just look at the books coming off English-language presses in recent years. The first two decades of this new millennium have seen the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s The Re-Enchantment of the World, Gordon Graham’s The Re-enchantment of the World, Silvia Federici’s Re-enchanting the World, and Joshua Landy and Michael Saler’s The Re-Enchantment of the World. There’s George Levine’s Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World and James K. A. Smith’s After Modernity?: Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-Enchantment of the World. And there’s much more, because you can re-enchant much more than just the world. Other book titles from the past two decades or so include The Reenchantment of Art, The Re-Enchantment of Nature, The Re-Enchantment of Morality, The Re-Enchantment of Political Science, The Reenchantment of Nineteenth Century Fiction, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life. David Morgan and James Elkins’s essay collection about religion in contemporary art is called simply, Re-Enchantment. So is Jeffery Paine’s book about Tibetan Buddhism in the West. You get the idea. For contemporary readers, re-enchantment speaks. Presumably it sells. Just possibly it’s happening, or is about to happen, or ought to happen.

But who knew the re-enchantment of the world would be so lame?

Who knew that the re-enchantment of the world would mostly consist of anti-white hate, OCD, and paranoia (sometimes meth-assisted) where you see evil portents in $14.92 and conspiracies in photos of people touching their thumbs with their index fingers?

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