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E . Spengler on Politics: Money vs. Raw Power

Out of nearly a thousand pages of text, perhaps the most telling portion of Spengler's "Decline of the West" is the mere 27 pages of Chapter XII of Volume II, where he sets forth (from the perspective of 1922, mind you) his vision of Politics down through the ages. What he has to say is so true, still today (over seven decades later), that it frightens me to contemplate the potential truth of his vision for what should follow!
This Section consists of some extensive quotations from that chapter, beginning from page 439 of Volume II:


50 As I write this, President Clinton has ordered troops into Bosnia, leaving me to mutter: "how true; how true indeed!" Even now, our leaders act according to their perception of the political imperatives of the moment, as opposed to grand principles which our nation has adhered to throughout its history. The party in power makes no difference. The names of supporters and opponents would change, but the outcome would not. Some unseen force (Money?) declared that our troops should go to Bosnia, and it matters not what the people or their representatives have to say; they are on their way.

51 Note that, now the Cold War has ended, this feeling is permeating our own lives that war is an obsolete method of actually achieving political objectives. Even when war breaks out, the objective is to settle it with a peace agreement rather than on the battlefield. This surely indicates that Western Civilization has reached its own point of "culmination."

52 This seems to be an immature (or at least overly morose) observation, as it denies the possibility of any "win-win" solution. Such exchanges are the basis of all modern economies. As we move into increasingly abstract measurements of success, we are no longer constrained to a reality of either/or.

53 The reference here to 1789 implies the chaos surrounding the French Revolution.

54 The United States adopted its political traditions virtually intact from England. One example of this "unwritten constitution" is the view that we should only have two main political parties. Such a view enhances the grasp of the power-elite because they only need to co-opt two individuals to have total control over the masses. Any third party threatens this system, and will be vigorously suppressed. Another example is exceptions to supposedly "absolute" rights, such as the right to free speech.

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