Heroism, Modernism, and the Utopian Impulse - James Bowman

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The great modernist paradox, which is that we don't want the utopias themselves anymore, but we want the utopian style. And we want it because it is a self-validation. It shows that we believe in the right things-in peace, in progress, in compassion for life's victims, and in universal principles-even though we no longer have any intellectually coherent program for institutionalizing them among men.

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