There is a far more immediately practical reason for reaction to involve itself in the exploration of time, however: to take steps to avoid what it could scarcely otherwise avoid becoming — a sterile orgy of disgruntlement. Finding nothing in the present except deteriorated hints of other things, reaction soon slides into what it most detests: an impotent micro-culture of vocal, repetitive protest. This isn’t right, this isn’t right, this isn’t right quickly becomes white noise, or worse (intelligible whining). Even when it escapes the ceaseless, mechanical reiteration of a critical diagnosis (whose tedium is commensurate to the narrowed times it damns), its schemes of restoration fall prey to a more extended repetition, which calls only — and uselessly — for what has been to be once more.
Ever brilliant and timely.
We shouldn’t shirk critique of the past nor improvement in the present.
Any fool can say That is wrong, it’s concern trolling, few people can tell you what to do instead.
Has the requirement for the old policy changed? It’s like interpreting the Bible as if you live in the place/time of its writing. Don’t. It should be a living document.