today’s neologism is declinism

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«The declinists, we might say, will always be with us. Wherever anyone believes in progress, someone, possibly the same one, believes in decline. Declinism emerges today from the triumphalism of the right: In our greatness, conservatives say, there is much to lose, and many who threaten us. So, too, does it emerge from the pessimism of the left: Power corrupts, and the corrupt will get their comeuppance. At present, both impulses — triumphalist and pessimistic, chest-beating and self-lacerating — are on the upsurge. So too, then, declinism.»

—Boston Globe: That Sinking Feeling

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