The Progress-Philistine

L. Klages describes the “progress philistine” as follows: “Listen to him chattering about how far “we” have come, how wonderful is the time in which “we” live, and how delightful are the gadgets that are available to “us”… Everything that he says sounds like the babbling of a carnival conjuror, everything that he says reveals the utter impotence of his spirit” L. Klages, Sämtliche Werke. Bonn, 1965-92, translated by J. Pryce.