[A prediction of the future] Reason will be replaced by Revelation ... Knowledge will degenerate into a riot of subjective visions ... Idealism will be replaced by materialism ... Diverted from its normal outlet in patriotism or civic and family pride, the need of the masses for some visible Idol to worship will be driven into totally unsociable channels where no education can reach it. ... Justice will be replaced by pity as the cardinal human virtue.
W.H. Auden 1958 - from For the Time Being, quoted in "Annus Memorabilis", by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Prospect Magazine (Jan. 1998)