Too often we fall to the illusions that our modern trappings put us beyond the reach of catastrophe...
Because we're so caught up in modern trappings, we miss seeing how closely our times resemble those of the past.
"Lessons of the Great War"
The essay is from Brookings, oft said to be a center-left think tank.
I haven't read the article close enough to assess all the comparisons it makes; I'm just noting that the arrogance of any era can lead to circumstances where societies repeat mistakes of the past because lessons once learned were lost in the passing of time and generations.