Age of Enlightenment
From Iron Chariots Wiki
Chris Hedges traces the belief in moral progress to the Enlightenment which he says has both positive and negative effects.
- "those who could not be educated and reformed, radical Enlightenment thinkers began to argue, should be eliminated so they could no longer poison human society. [...] Reigns of terror are thus the bastard children of the Enlightenment."
He blames utopian schemes for colonial atrocities, as well as Nazi concentration camps and Soviet gulags.