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Spengler at his Best,
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This review is from: How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) (Hardcover)As a long time fan of Spengler from his perches at Asia Times online and First Things magazine, it was a pleasure to read this book, which was a synthesis of most of the seminal and original ideas that he has been writing about now for 10 years.
Spengler is not a professional journalist, but rather a retired financial whiz and music theorist, and as such can afford to offend as many people as humanly possible with his terribly politically incorrect views. This is what attracts so many hundreds of thousands of readers to his ATOL essays. Anyone who reads this book will see why he will never be hired to write the anodyne nonsense and trivial gossip that is now standard fare on the OpEd page of the NY Times.
Spengler places high value on 3 points of view that have been virtually taboo in the world of our cultivated intelligentsia in New York and Washington. The first is the value of women having children and rearing them properly - even women with careers and other lifestyle options. The second is the importance of religious life in the modern world, especially for the educated class whose nihilistic, materialistic and low-fertility behavior threatens the survival of the nations they lead. The third scandalous idea (especially for the NY Times) is that Israel shines as a symbolic exception to the cultural and political disintegration and degradation not only of the Muslim Middle East, but in fact post-Christian Europe, as well. Yes, those pesky Jews who in Congressional District #9 just repudiated the favorite politician of the NYT, whose presidency is now endangered.
In the educated class of America and Europe, the terms of discussion have changed dramatically in recent years. Anticolonialism, the white man's burden, the triumph of secularism and socialism - all the points of view that used to be mandatory for graduates of our elite universities are now being turned upside down by the analytical insight of David Goldman and others like him. Except there are few like him.
Bravo, Spengler, keep on trucking.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2011 9:29:13 AM PDT
D. Layman says:
Excellent and succinct summary of Spengler's position. Looking forward to getting my copy, to see how Goldman develops his position, and what new data he provides.
Posted on Feb 6, 2012 8:17:10 AM PST
John Harllee says:
I notice this is the only book you have ever reviewed on Amazon. Do you know the author? If so, you should say so.
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