Naiveté

If history is the original sin, our cardinal acquired sin is naiveté.  This ignorance of the domination pervading our past and present is not an innocent state, but a self-serving obstinance justifying the status quo.  Among our most naive beliefs:  the era of slavery was long ago; individuals are entitled to own natural resources; technology can solve social problems; freedom is a quality that describes economic markets or individual choice; violence can make peace; individuals can be self-made and self-reliant.

Often liberals are considered the bleeding-heart idealists, while conservatives fancy themselves hard-nosed realists.  Yet the latter ideology is premised on the mythical existence of justice and freedom, while in truth we are mired in the long, bitter fight for their realization.

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