On the New Dark Ages


Are we entering a New Dark Age? Are the barbarians inside the gates?

Alasdair Macintyre thinks we must go local and reform community toward civility, intellectual and moral life to survive the barbarians.

What do you think?


"...If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought also to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point. What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us. And if the tradition of the virtues was able to survive the horrors of the last dark ages, we are not entirely without grounds for hope. This time however the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament. We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another—doubtless very different—St Benedict."

-Alasdair Macintyre, After Virtue

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