Our Reactionary Age Analysis

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In “ Our Reactionary Age, “ Mark Lilla Argues that the reactionaries of our time have discovered that nostalgia can be a powerful political motivator, perhaps even more powerful than hope because it could lead a person towards disappointment but nostalgia is irrefutable. In addition, he asserts that hope is an active force in world politics. He contends this because worldwide politics are being driven by anger, hopelessness, resentment and nostalgia. He states that we live in age that is opposition to progress but revolutionaries believe that change can happen within a matter of time. Moreover, he argues that a revolutionary conveys hope and look towards the future and that a reactionary looks to the past and wants to return to the good old day. Consequently, it's true that “every major social transformation leaves behind a fresh eden that can serve as the object of somebody’s nostalgia,” because it reflects a kind of thinking about the past and people will always look back to it . As people are working for social change, hope inspires them to believe that despite the darkness there is light for…show more content…
She seeked for a better future to make a change and for less people to be racist by getting rid of the past and fight for civil rights movement. Rosa Parks stated “people always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true…no, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” in this quote she’s explaining why she refused to give up the seat to a white man and was arrested. she was motivated by an unfortunate past and wanted new better days. So much was going on in the world that she witness injustices that lead her to path being a revolutionary. Therefore, she was constantly fighting to put an end to racial segregation and bring new ideas to
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