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  • How a Great Power Falls Apart Decline Is Invisible From the Inside

    07/03/2020 1:31:32 AM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | June 30, 2020 | CHARLES KING
    How a Great Power Falls Apart Decline Is Invisible From the Inside By Charles King June 30, 2020 https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2020-06-30/how-great-power-falls-apart On November 11, 1980, a car filled with writers was making its way along a rain-slick highway to a conference in Madrid. The subject of the meeting was the human rights movement in the Soviet Union, and in the vehicle were some of the movement’s long-suffering activists: Vladimir Borisov and Viktor Fainberg, both of whom had endured horrific abuse in a Leningrad psychiatric hospital; the Tatar artist Gyuzel Makudinova, who had spent years in internal exile in Siberia; and her husband,...
  • Who Will Defend Western Civilization?

    06/21/2020 8:18:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | June 21, 2020 | Paul Krause
    The West is a dying civilization. That much is evident. But it mustn't be. Who will defend the flame that once illuminated the skies and sang songs of ascents up on high? In the rush to destroy all things Western, few so-called conservatives—anywhere—risk themselves to defend our patrimony and our future. In fact, many so-called conservatives sound like liberals defaming Western civilization and American history by accepting the anti-Western narrative of racism and imperialism. It is predicable, almost comical, that the self-declared conservatives across the West grovel to the narrative pushed by the nihilistic and iconoclastic Multicultural Left. Republicans in...
  • KNEELING BEFORE MOBS OF RIOTERS

    06/11/2020 2:46:22 PM PDT · by Arcadian Empire · 19 replies
    Arcadian Empire ^ | 6/11/2020 | Arcadian Empire
    One of the saddest things I have seen in society is the anarchic sight of authority figures - who are utterly undeserving of that mantle - kneeling before mobs of rioters. The mobs of rioters are being rewarded, by groveling subservience, for looting and burning businesses. They will be emboldened by that and will carry their theft and arson to suburban homes and rural farms. Appeasing mobs of rioters who verily seek to burn down civilization is a bad idea. Additionally, the country was founded on the refusal to kneel before the legions of a distant king. Kneeling before the...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason 6: GOVERNMENT

    05/14/2020 2:06:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Aug 2013 | Cheryl Lowe
    American government and political science will come alive when you read the Greeks and Romans, the same way that words come alive when you study Latin and Greek. There were many influences on the Founding Fathers, and certainly the modern philosophers—Locke and Hume—were important along with the tradition of English liberty. But separation of powers, mixed government, and checks and balances are the principles that first come to my mind when I think of the genius of the American political system; and where did these concepts come from? Plato in the Republic describes five types of government and says they...
  • Prophetic Utterance from Giambattista Vico

    03/20/2020 9:11:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeDude · 12 replies
    Vico, The New Science ^ | 1774 | Giambattista Vico
    But if the peoples are rotting in that ultimate civil disease and cannot agree on a monarch from within, and are not conquered and preserved by better nations from without, then providence for their extreme ill has its extreme remedy at hand....
  • Drama Queen Pelosi Pops Trump: “Civilization As We Know It Is At Stake”

    03/10/2020 7:54:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/10/2020 | Karen Townsend
    Speaker Pelosi spoke at Northeastern University’s “Women Who Empower Summit” event Monday in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The speaker was celebrating women but only liberal women. The event was supposed to be a non-political event, acknowledged by Pelosi at one point but that didn’t stop her from speaking solely in political terms for much of her time. She looked at the moderator and said, “You asked a political question so what do you expect?”She began her remarks by declaring that “Civilization as we know it is at stake.” There’s nothing subtle with that statement. As she touted the...
  • The Army Is Looking for a Few Good Art Experts[New Reserve Group]

    10/21/2019 8:39:28 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 Oct 2019 | Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg
    A new reserve group, inspired by the Monuments Men of the World War II era, will aim to protect antiquities and important cultural sites in war zones. It’s no secret that the war-ravaged nations where American soldiers have been enmeshed in conflict for nearly two decades are home to many of civilization’s oldest and most prized antiquities and cultural treasures. But in the heat of battle in Afghanistan or Iraq, how are troops to know whether they are taking their positions behind mounds of insignificant rubble or inside the precious remains of a 3,000-year-old temple complex? The Pentagon’s answer, announced...
  • Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate

    10/21/2019 1:47:08 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 49 replies
    medium ^ | Jan 10 | Stuart Basden
    Yes, yes, I know. The climate is breaking down. It’s urgent. An emergency. We’ve only got a few years left to ‘fix’ it. Indeed, we won’t fix it. Weather patterns will become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, and the effects it will soon have on how humans around the world grow food will be devastating, likely causing harvests to fail across entire continents and food prices to sky-rocket. Millions have already suffered due to the amplified instability. We’re facing imminent societal collapse (whatever that means), both around the world and in the UK. All of our lives are soon going to...
  • "Dying Populations, Not Climate Changes, Are Biggest Threat to Western Civilization." (Viktor Orban)

    10/17/2019 5:39:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 10/17/19 | Svetlana Ekimenko
    Faced with the challenge of a declining population, governments across central Europe have introduced financial incentives for having children...As Budapest hosts an international summit on demography this week, attended by several regional leaders and delegations from dozens of countries, the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orban deplored the population decline in Europe while lauding Hungary's pro-family policy, writes the Financial Times. Orban said it was conceivable that Hungary, with a population of just under 10 million and shrinking, due to plummeting birthrates and emigration to EU states further west, could just disappear. “It’s not hard to imagine that there would be...
  • Results of Christianization in Medieval Europe

    09/10/2019 12:41:54 PM PDT · by Teleios Research · 7 replies
    PRLOG ^ | August 13, 2019 | William C. Stewart
    Christianity is the foundation of Western Society. However, many in political and academic arenas deny the historical and current benefits of Christianity. Teleios Research recently examined the histories of European tribes (n=35) in the early Middle Ages, from 300 years before to 300 years after conversion to Nicaean (non-Arian) Christianity. We used Wikipedia for group characteristics and societal measures at each specific time period.
  • The Fall of Rome - Are There Lessons We Can Learn?

    09/04/2019 1:32:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 04, 2019 | Bill Federer
    GREAT WALL OF CHINA By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of displaced tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire. OPEN BORDERS Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals, as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders. Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization (Vol. 3-Caesar and Christ, Simon...
  • America’s Late-stage Decadence

    07/28/2019 6:57:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    International Man ^ | july, 2019 | Doug Casey
    It’s bizarre—perverse, really—that the people doing the most whining about cultural appropriation by Americans don’t actually have worthwhile cultures themselves. The fact of the matter is that the only culture in the history of the world that amounts to anything is that of Western civilization. The West has given all of humanity concepts like freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of the press, free markets, individualism, science, and rationality. In addition, the West has created almost all of the world’s great music, literature, architecture, and philosophy That’s absolutely true of Africa. Africans should be eternally grateful to the West...
  • An Increasingly Dangerous Stand-off between Civilizations

    07/28/2019 11:47:23 AM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 28, 2019 at 5:00 am | Denis MacEoin
    An Increasingly Dangerous Stand-off between Civilizations by Denis MacEoin July 28, 2019 at 5:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14360/standoff-between-civilizations Not all people who worry about a replacement of civilizations are necessarily violent or even incorrect. They appear to be frightened folk, sent over the edge by matters they may feel beyond control. In Europe and the United States, they have witnessed wave upon wave of attacks by individuals and groups openly espousing violence in the name of religion. They seem to fear that their own governments are doing too little to protect them and their families from future attacks. "What unites these groups...
  • How the West Ends (7 min video)

    07/23/2019 9:52:27 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 22, 2019 | Way of the world
    WotW reflects on the recent 'Gilets Noirs' protest in Paris and the ongoing migrant siege of the West.
  • To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization, says Philly therapist Sonalee Rashatwar

    07/08/2019 3:44:30 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 90 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 3, 2019 | Cassie Owens
    Sonalee Rashatwar hadn’t planned on being a therapist growing up. Her career path, she explained while sitting in the waiting room of Radical Therapy Center, the practice she co-owns in West Philadelphia, just kind of happened. Rashatwar, now 31, endured an abusive relationship in her early 20s. After college, she started volunteering for a domestic-violence response team, an experience that showed her that she enjoyed working with other people who had lived through traumas. “All of my work is to better understand what I’ve experienced,” said Rashatwar, who graduated from Temple University in 2011. “It’s almost like I’m healing younger...
  • What will it look like when we lose our civilization?

    06/25/2019 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 29 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 06/25/2019 | John Dietrich
    The values that allow advancement in a society are often described as "Western values." They are not "Western," "Chinese," or "Catholic." They are universal values and no more "Western" than 2 + 2 = 4.
  • Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark

    05/22/2019 9:26:49 AM PDT · by Borges · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1969 | Kenneth Clark
    In the late 1960s, the BBC produced this magisterial series. I learn something new from it every time I watch it. The entire series is on YouTube and well worth the twelve hours. They would never do something like this today.
  • The Greek Way

    03/31/2019 6:26:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    W.W. Norton & Company ^ | 1930, 1943 | Edith Hamilton
    I have felt while writing these new chapters a fresh realization of the refuge and strength the past can be to us in the troubled present. “Let us keep our silent sanctuaries,” Senancour wrote, “for in them the eternal perspectives are preserved.” Religion is the great stronghold for the untroubled vision of the eternal; but there are others too. We have many silent sanctuaries in which we can find a breathing space to free ourselves from the personal, to rise above our harassed and perplexed minds and catch sight of values that are stable, which no selfish and timorous preoccupations...
  • Trannysaurus Wrecks--Deconstructing the gender dysphoria of the Left.

    03/25/2019 5:59:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 25, 2019 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “It is surely unfair on women who have to compete against people who, biologically, are still men,” tennis legend Martina Navratilova recently proclaimed. “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Activists blasted Navratilova as “transphobic” and years after she identified as a lesbian the tennis star was booted from the board of a LBGT nonprofit.  Long before any of that happened, women who were biologically still men were competing against other women.  The Union...
  • Regime Chance, Inc. PETER ACKERMAN'S QUEST TO TOPPLE TYRANNY

    04/16/2005 10:44:37 AM PDT · by Alexander Nevsky · 7 replies · 2,171+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Franklin Foer
    PETER ACKERMAN'S QUEST TO TOPPLE TYRANNY Regime Change, Inc. by Franklin Foer   Post date 04.14.05 | Issue date 04.25.05 When the Rose Revolution began in the fall of 2003, there was little reason to hope for a happy ending. Twelve years earlier, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia had stepped from communism into civil war. The old Communist eminence Eduard Shevardnadze may have brought greater stability when he took over the government in 1992, but his corrupt rule also generated huge new pools of ill will among the populace. Some of this disgust manifested itself in small, peaceful street protests. But...