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Sunday, August 23, 2020

On Spengler’s Decline of the West

The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler is one of the greatest books on cultural analysis written in the twentieth century. It’s hard to summarize Spengler’s thesis in a single line, but here’s my attempt to do just that: the modern civilization which appears victorious and inescapable has developed a wound which will never heal because the wound is inflicted by a force that is far more powerful than the passions and capabilities of the people—the wound will hemorrhage all values and the West will be crushed by the inexorable hand of history. The book’s thesis agrees with the mood that I have developed in the last two or three years.

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