It is by no means certain that our present moral and constitutional order is providing sufficiently for its own future. Modern men pay a great deal of attention to material and technological means, but little attention to the instruments by which any generation must fulfill its part in the contract of eternal society.
Redeeming the Time. Chapter 2: The Fraud of Multiculturalism
The most annoying thing about reading the old conservative writers is how well they anticipated what we are living through. One theme Kirk develops in his writings is that the giant state is itself a mark of cultural decadence. It betrays an unwillingness on the part of the people to live within reality and to live with the consequences of their decisions.
Regrettably, perhaps, virtue is only developed through adversity and responsibility. The narcissism of our age is an agony to live in. It is a disorder in the soul that reflects itself in the disorder of our society and our state.
- Decadence And The Failure Of The State: A Checklist (wmbriggs.com)
- Russell Kirk on Populism (professorbainbridge.com)