Commonplace Book #49

Today we are accustomed to arguing that we should follow the science in an issue such as climate change, ignoring that our crisis is the result of long-standing triumphs of science and technology in which “following science” was tantamount to civilizational progress.   Our carbon-saturated world is the hangover of a 150-year party in which, until the very end, we believed we had achieved the dream of liberation from nature’s restraints.  We still hold the incoherent view that science can liberate us from limits while solving the attendant consequences of that project.

Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed, 14-15

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