Scottish for “time gone by,” according to Webster, “auld lang syne” refers to fond memories.
Nevertheless, the fondness fades and, like the phrase suggests to most people at New Year’s, it is also an expression of moving on, leaving all the bad stuff behind, fading away as time goes by.
In the realm of political-economy the interpretation of “time gone by” is a defining feature that operates with incentives.
After World War II, for example, weapons of mass destruction were deployed to ensure that the progression from “old to new” did not result in the redounding fate of “dialectical materialism.” This “cold war” was an expression of anxiety about the future of objective reality; and if the dialect of history is really the redounding objective of a natural (operant) condition, it is necessary to keep it from actually happening as time “just happens” to go by.
Something that “just happens” no matter what (where the old and new are actually integral) forms the color and shape (the artifices) of the perceived risk. During the Cold War it was about containing the risk of communist expansion and, apparently, the risk was so probable it was necessary to aggress the means of mass destruction.
What naturally emerged from the artifices of containing the probable risk was the doctrine of deterrence, which is the method of aggressing the necessity of a passive resistance. The method naturally yields to the moral dimension of passively resisting the preoccupation of the perceived risk (fully assumed in priority and always in the futures now); and (like I keep saying) the time is always now to realize the aesthetic of its natural existence!
(There are many articles and images by griffith lighton that “appeal to the natural aesthetic” published on the World Wide Web.)