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It's Not the End of the World, It's Just the End of You: The Great Extinction of the Nations Paperback – September 19, 2011
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This Spenglerian worldview will invariably explain the who, what, where, how and why of world geopolitics and the pluses and minuses of American geostrategy with regard to the big, bad world out there on almost any issue of world affairs and current events.
Very few analysts have the breadth, depth and real-world experience of David P. Goldman aka Spengler. Spengler gives you deep analysis, meta-analysis that is extremely hard to come by on all sides of the political spectrum. He delivers this analysis in a compelling sui generis style, laced with his unique sense of humor.
Beware, Spengler is no low-brow or middle-brow essayist. He is very high-brow, both stylistically and content-wise. I often have to read and re-read his essays several times to wrap my mind around his editorial output. But it has been worth it. Spengler knows his history, economics (he is a trained economist), foreign cultures (he speaks some half dozen languages fluently), religion and theology (he did a stint as an editor of the prestigious religous journal First Things), not to mention philosophy (he is no fan)--he is a true polymath in our brave new world increasingly dominated by pols and pundits who are soi-dissant experts, the definition of which, by the way, is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.
His major thesis is hardly a secret: societies and people which are religious are the ones having children these days, while the liberated atheists are not. If a society is not having children, naturally, it will soon be nothing but a memory --- and not even that for long.
I should stress that this is not Goldman's crackpot theory: it is backed up by plenty of data and many different population studies. The facts have even spawned one book which was desperately worried that the U.S. was going to turn into a fundamentalist theme park.
This discovery is hardly welcome in "enlightened" circles. They had it all figured out: religion was the enemy, and once society got rid of the enemy, peace and love would break out on all sides. They were satisfied to "prove" to themselves that God did not exist, and they fancied themselves brave enough to live with the resulting ideas: that a man's individual life was a matter of pure chance, that his life was of no importance at all to the universe, and that his death would wipe him out forever. Maybe these men were brave enough to live with such a view of the universe, but apparently most men were not. The result is something never seen before in human history: prosperous, educated, "trouble-free" societies which are committing slow-motion suicide. The most obvious example is Europe, but another, surprising, example is the Muslim world, in particular Iran.
But is this all just a rehash of Goldman's other book, "How Civilizations Die"? Fortunately, not at all.Read more ›
Review by Jerry Bowyer on Jerry/Susan Bowyer joint account.
All that said, a worthwhile read but I can also read the authors essays on the Internet, a bite at a time and not feel guilty on skipping the chapters on art etc. That said, I did learn a bit about the Spanish Inquisition, horror movies and music construction.
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These are recycled, expanded, and loosely edited essays. Some have been published elsewhere, but most are based on Goldman's personal "Spengler" blog posts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dan Knauss
Even when I disagreed with the author--which was infrequent--the arguments were still well made and entertaining. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nathaniel H Greenwald
To those who are already familiar with his economic and political essays you will find this collection a bit odd, and, after a while a bit tedious. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Stephen Rifkin
Spengler is an original thinker and he makes you think about every topic he covers. Not the most cheery reading but it is hard to argue with many of his factsPublished on May 9, 2013 by Pointer
Do you want the story behind the story regarding the failure of past civilizations or nations? This book has it. It is written by Spengler from Asia Times. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by kLUB mARCUS
This is an eclectic collection of articles/blogs that range from erudition to nescience, from absolute greatness to incredible idiocy. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Fredrick P. Wilson