The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our presents ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries and can be viewed and, in essentials, calculated from available precedents. With this enters the age of gigantic conflicts, in which we find ourselves today. It is the transition from Napoleonism to Caesarism, a general phase of evolution, which occupies at least two centuries and can be shown to exist in all Cultures…..”
– Oswald Spengler, Decline of The West (HT: Goodreads.com)
To read Decline of The West is to ascend near the top of an intellectual and philosophical mountain. The language is complex and poetic. The topics are lofty and grand. The sweep is vast and nearly infinite. But then wait a minute…This dude is nucking futz! Spengler comes by the bugginess fairly and honorably. He inherits the intellectual traditions of Marx, Hegel and Goethe. He pays the full price of admission for his ride on the deterministic crazy train through a life spent studying mathematics, philosophy and history. But keep in mind his system is only a model. His predictions are merely warnings and his pronouncements can all be specifically nullified through the exercise of individual free will organized towards a collective mutual goal. In short, “thanks for the heads-up Oswald, but we can kick Doom’s butt.”
The inevitable transition from Napoleonism to Caesarism involves a fall into dependence and despotism. The rotting of our vibrant republic into a society where as Business Insider puts it: “IT’S OFFICIAL: Having Kids Is For Dumb People.” And while its undoubtedly regrettable that the charming and lovely Blodgetts, and the delightfully intellectual Weisenthals never got CC’d on that particular article; this is also the typical peripatetic tripe that ripe-suck liberals have been attempting to jam down the throats of average Americans for the last several generations. And then these yap-jaw, Birkenstock Bolsheviks wonder aloud that Americans are really pessimistic.
Spengler goes on to predict what we can expect out of the near future as our society prepares to scrape the bottom of its self-besotted cultural Marianas Trench.
The last century [the 19th] was the winter of the West, the victory of materialism and scepticism, of socialism, parliamentarianism, and money. But in this century blood and instinct will regain their rights against the power of money and intellect. The era of individualism, liberalism and democracy, of humanitarianism and freedom, is nearing its end. The masses will accept with resignation the victory of the Caesars, the strong men, and will obey them
– Spengler Decline of The West
Now Spengler obviously speaks with the pompitous of one who is brighter than your standard-edition mutt. However, we don’t live in his deterministic universe, any more than we live on a planet with a climate that is effectively modeled by the UN IPCC. Spengler simply surveyed past events to predict the future through a prism of philosophical depth, leavened with the pungent epistemological bong smoke of German Romanticism. He sounded a lot better, more accurate and smarter than he truly was. Contra Spengler, you and I can show up at our appropriate polling stations and decide where this sucker goes next.
Because we have that power, American politics has been systematically rendered dispirited, dull and demoralizing on purpose. When you pop open a site on the Internet and see the headline “Santorum Comes From Behind In Alabama Three-Way,” you can stop and think several things. “Is Santorum Sick?” “Are they doing this purpose?*”
They are obviously doing this purpose. They want you stupid, they want you demoralized, and they want you to believe in the fraudulent determinism of your own ineluctable doom. DO NOT let the vapid and worthless prating of some Media-Mouth of Sauron dissuade you from the higher goal of preserving our society from the barbaric rabble that assaults it from within and without. We can and we will take out this leftist garbage running The White House and The US Senate this November.
I’ll conclude with three dudes from Canada who probably figured this whole thing out a lot better than Oswald Spengler. Take it away, Gentlemen!
* “Bleep, why the edit wasn’t I invited?” is not a response I wanna’ hear.