On Liberalism’s Limits

Reinhold Niebuhr “knew that traditional liberalism was a useless force in moments of extremity. Liberalism, Niebuhr said, ‘lacks the spirit of enthusiasm, not to say fanaticism, which is so necessary to move the world out of its beaten tracks. It is too intellectual and too little emotional to be an efficient force in history.'”

From Chris Hedges’ recent Truthdig column, “A Time for Sublime Madness.”

How much time?

How much time do we have? Is it too late?

“Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you’re done.”

One of the better responses to these questions I’ve seen.

(Paul Hawken via JNP, Authentic Hope, p. 48 )