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Nostalgia is on the rise in Europe – and it needn’t be a bad thing | Julian Baggini

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We can’t return to the past, no matter what populist politicians promise. But we can learn from it to build a better futureThere’s a lot of truth in the old joke that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. The word itself has a sense that has been largely lost. Its original 17th-century coinage was as a kind of mental illness, a homesickness suffered by soldiers on foreign campaigns. Only lately did it morph into a warm, indulgent enjoyment of how things used to be. Now nostalgia seems to be changing once again, turning into a different kind of pathology, one that infects not individuals but society. Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German foundation,
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