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The first thing I read is from the final chapter and it's as if were written for the present moment. Even the major party contenders Hillary and Donald of the 2016 election are given precise literary avatars!
"NO logical future has taken pictorial shape in these pages. All that has been done is to lay down a certain number of roads joining the present with something different from itself; yet something necessitated, it would appear, by its tendency. Both what is desirable and what is not in it contribute contradictorily to this impression. It is this double movement (proceeding from combined disgust and satisfaction) that must make the planning of these roads so difficult.
Like all engineers, we are of sanguine disposition. To build even a bridle-path across No Man's Land with the Trump of Doom sounding in our ears is evidence of that."
90 years ago this modernist Nostradamus wrote of "No Man's Land" vs "Trump of Doom". I mean that is bullseye level prescience. I hope you find this as great and important a resource as I believe it is.
Lewis gives readers a warning in his Introduction that I believe is also important to include here:
"A book of this description is not written for an audience already there, prepared to receive it, and whose minds it will fit like a glove. There must be a good deal of stretching of the receptacle, it is to be expected. It must of necessity make its own audience; for it aims at no audience already there with which I am acquainted."
Finally, here is a line about "The Art of Being Ruled" in an essay on Lewis from the London Review of Books:
"Lewis meant The Art of Being Ruled as a survival guide, an antidote to Machiavelli. So intent was he on tough-mindedness, however, on a thorough-going decontamination of liberal pieties, that he came to regard the imminence of Fascist rule with an equanimity which could easily be (and was) mistaken for endorsement."
REVOLUTION AND PROGRESS
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