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(noun) the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment

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meliorism
meliorist



Cioran's stoic élitism, his rejection of meliorism à l'américaine

—p.247 Short Shrift (239) by George Steiner
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Wayne's language is not that of renewal-through-destruction (and here Schumpterian capitalism and fascism, in most other respects entirely opposed, find themselves in sympathy) but of philanthropic meliorism.

—p.145 Gothic Oedipus: Subjectivity and Capitalism in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (139) by Mark Fisher
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Both parties had committed to the basic elements of what became “the American model.” At home, it involved a modest welfare state combined with meliorism on issues of race. Abroad, the goal was the reconstruction of foreign societies on American terms through the spread of market capitalism and the legal-political institutions of liberal democracy.

—p.22 Goodbye, Cold War (20) by Aziz Rana
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meliorist apostles of peaceful order such as Steven Pinker

—p.38 Dispatches from the American Gray Zone (38) by Jonathon Sturgeon
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Ray is a liberal meliorist

—p.39 Thinking: Norman Rush (37) by James Wood
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melioristic action, to terroristic action

—p.211 On the End (210) by Jon Baskin
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