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Video Saturday

I haven’t watched this one yet, I’ll be watching it with you. But when Scott Johnson over at Powerline tells me it’s worth my time, it invariably is. So here it is.   Bret Stephens from DHFC on Vimeo. On a completely different subject, this one I have watched and enjoyed, although it is slightly […]

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Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

Spengler asserts that democracy is simply the political weapon of money, and the media is the means through which money operates a democratic political system. The thorough penetration of money’s power throughout a society is yet another marker of the shift from Culture to Civilization. Democracy and plutocracy are equivalent in Spengler’s argument. The “tragic comedy […] . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money. . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

A Civilization’s Death Rattle

….Decline is also evidenced by a formlessness of political institutions within a state. As the “proper” form dissolves, increasingly authoritarian leaders arise, signaling decline. The first step toward formlessness Spengler designates Napoleonism. A new leader assumes powers and creates a new state-structure without reference to “self-evident” bases for governance. The new régime is thus accidental […] . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle