Anglo-American PatternsHistorical Reasoning: Patterns of Deep History
Culture and Anarchy Matthew Arnold
Patterns of Deep History
Matthew Arnolds classic "Culture and Anarchy" came out in 1869.
The following remarks from the 1931 introduction to Arnolds 1869 work, "Culture and Anarchy" concern Victorian England but strangely point to a profound Anglo-American pattern:
the deep-seated spiritual anarchy of the English people,
an anarchy which expressed itself in the hideous sprawling industrial cities,
its loud-voiced assertion of personal liberty,
its dismal, stuffy, and cantankerous forms of Christianity,
its worship of size and numbers and wealth and machinery generally,
its state-blindness, and its belief in collision
(collision of parties, of sects, of firms) as the only way of salvation.
Culture and Anarchy,p. xxxiii, by Prof. J. Dover Wilson
England In the Nineteenth Century, David Thomson
Penguin Books, 1985, page 112
The last twenty years of neoliberal development ideology echo this "state blindness" and "belief in collision of parties, of sects, of firms." They underlie the Washington Consensus.
Reagan-Thatcher based neoliberalism (1980-2006), whose twin pillars are "government is the problem" attacks on social policy combined with a kind of mindless anarcho-capitalism, do reflect this patterning.
Latin America is of course now trying to reverse or cushion this naive neoliberal "bum steer."
Anglo-American "belief in collision"
Mathew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy as
locus classicus for contemporary neoliberalism
July 23, 2006