“This Time Will Be Different”

C.S. Lewis writes on progressives of the 16th century:

Brinkelow ought to have learned his lesson from the fate of the monastic lands: in his simplicity he had really believed that government would spend its booty on ‘social services’, and had been bitterly disappointed by the event. But experience beats in vain upon a congenital progressive. He urged the spoliation of the colleges in the firm hope that this time-that mystical ‘this time’ which is always going to be so different-government, having sucked in, would give out.

From “English Literature in the Sixteenth Century.”

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