gbsteve (gbsteve) wrote,

The myth of Golden Age

Is it a truism to say that it is a feature of right-wing politics that they always hearken back to a Golden Age when things were better? As opposed to the left-wing stance which looks forward to a time when things might (or in some cases inevitably) improve, for some loose definition of "things".

It also seems to me that the Golden Age on applies to a chosen few for the Right whereas it seems to be a more general state for the Left. The dream of the Right strikes me as more attainable than that of the left. It's probably easier to concentrate the benefits of society on a few chosen individuals than to share it with everyone, although some countries, such as Sweden, do manage to make things more equitable.

I wonder to what extent this links into Christian millenialism.

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