The desire to be primitive was very much a function of fin-de-siècle imperialism; it appealed to strong egos and domineering minds.
Perhaps our own fin-de-siècle decadence takes the form, not of libertarian excess, but of the kind of over-the-top puritanism we see in political correctness and the assorted moral certainties of physical fitness fanatics, New Agers and animal-rights activists.j. g. ballard
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