Feminism and the Decline of America
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47 In a recent article entitled “The Politics of Nostalgia,” Christopher Lasch takes up the cudgel of reality, as he has many times before, to flail the dangerous illusions of a degenerate modern culture. Skeptical of claims that we are “awash in nostalgia” (Politics 66), Lasch blames the media—that producer of false images—and the intellectuals; the former capitalize on the appeal of nostalgia, while the latter denounce nostalgia, the “ghosts” of the past, in order to salvage a specter of hope (65). If the media’s exploitation of nostalgia is a form of sentimental escapism, then so too is the intellectuals’ righteous debunking of it. According to Lasch, nostalgia idealizes the past, while those who denouce nostalgia simply want to ignore the importance of the past. Both groups avoid confrontation with the real past and its influence on the present. For Lasch, what gets lost in the debate about nostalgia is history itself. As his article’s subtitle announces, we are “Losing history in the mists of ideology” (Politics 65).