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Farewell to Modernism

On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century


Rajani Kanth

Farewell to Modernism: On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century is an original, pathbreaking, revolutionary, and totalizing critique of received Modernist ideas, including Modernist Utopianism. In that vein, it unseats virtually every dearly held myth of EuroModernist discourse. It offers a new episteme based on our true ontic nature – our anthropic species-being – as an offset and correction to all brands of EuroModernist idylls, be they of Left or Right, that have repeatedly brought the world to the brink of annihilation. In sum, this book argues that neither philosophy nor social science are tenable without a true, realist anthropology of the human species that sets limits to both political idealism and social engineering.
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22 The Last Train


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The Last Train

As I have suggested elsewhere, the Grand European Transcontinental Express, in its phase of what I term EuroModernism, went streaking straight: from Barbarism to Decadence. But one set of bogies, never properly enchained, broke away early. I am referring, of course, to the now dominant Anglo-Am formations: ever more energetic, adventurous, and aggressive, than their steadier, parent Locomotive. ‘Broke away’ is likely an improper figure of speech, because they were always of a separable cast than their European cousinages, having asserted their singularity as early, perhaps, as Henry VIII’s personal schism with the Church of Rome—undertaken for zeal other than religious—if not earlier.

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