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 Post subject: Return of the Dark Ages?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:44 pm 
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By NORMAN A. BAILEY FEBRUARY 17, 2017 1:00 AM (UTC+8)

Recently, in these pages, Spengler (David Goldman) used the examples of right-wing homosexual Milos Yiannopoulos and Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang to illustrate the collapse of the value-system painstakingly erected over centuries by a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics.

Also recently, Pankaj Mishra published a book entitled Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which he proclaims the end of the era of “enlightenment” and the dawn of a new, but technically advanced and therefore even more dangerous, dark ages.

What is surprising to me is that anyone should consider these developments surprising. Leave aside the huge (or to quote the current president of The United States “yuge”) hypocrisy content of a civilization proclaiming those ideals while practicing human slavery, only ended in 1865 in that bastion of liberty, The United States, and in 1889 in Brazil, practically into the 20th Century. Let’s refer only to the past century itself, which was by far the bloodiest in the history of mankind. Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane must be green with envy in whichever circle of Hell they reside.

Three global wars, a devastating and long-lasting depression, the rise of totalitarianism of the right and left, and a dozen genocides, bookended by Norman Angell’s The Great Illusion of 1910 which heralded the end of wide-spread warfare and Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History eight decades later, which declared that political democracy and the market economy had triumphed permanently.

So much for morality and ethics and so much for the prophecies of the pundits. World War I began four years after the great illusion and the end of history lasted a bit longer – until 9/11/2001 heralded the first great global conflict of the 21th Century. Fifteen years later it is still raging with no end in sight and the vaunted Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman values are under vicious attack everywhere.

Goldman and Mishra are just as right as Angell and Fukuyama were wrong. But they perhaps do not go far enough. Not only values but the very fabric of civilized society is under attack, an attack using the most advanced technologies. The concept of truth, for example, which not many years ago would have seemed unquestionable is now more and more relative. Facts are what various groups and individuals say they are, not what they are in fact (sorry, couldn’t resist). A flaming example is last year’s declaration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that the Jews never had anything to do with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is the equivalent of declaring that the Roman Empire never existed and George Washington was a fictional character. This from an organization supposedly dedicated to education, science and culture.

As the West declines, who is rising? The unholy trinity of Iran, Russia and China, three states ranging from the totalitarian to the authoritarian; three countries run by kleptocratic elites hiding behind religious and secular dogmas. Two are already thoroughly nuclear equipped and the third will be in a few short years – yes, facilitated by those pillars of Western values the US, France, Great Britain and Germany. The great writers of satire could not have done better.

So what now? Where is the leadership or potential leadership to confront the forces of the new dark ages? Donald Trump? Angela Merkel? Francois Hollande? Our hypothetical satirist must be smirking in the background. Unless the remnants of Western Civilization can find the resources and above all the will to successfully confront the contemporary religious and secular fascists within and without, darkness will indeed continue to descend.
I agree, but not all do, for instance the 1st comment ... and there are plenty more:
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“value-system painstakingly erected over centuries by a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics,” the author must be a classic ‘God-fearing’ morally defunct evil ‘puritan,’ and he has never heard of what Samuel P. Huntington has summarized about the Occidental civilization that “the West won the world not be the superiority of it ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in apply organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”

The author thought that as long as they never mention and discuss the crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, war crimes and racial genocides they committed around the world over centuries, they can claim moral high ground thru white washing and glossing over their sins and crimes with fabricated “a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics.” In fact the author proved the “a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics” is the largest hypocrisy of mankind claimed by the psychopaths, criminals, swindlers, murderers, ... the trashes of humanity that have never seen in human history.

As long as the West clams and imposes “Western Civilization can find the resources and above all the will to successfully confront the contemporary religious and secular fascists within and without,” the darkness worse than the medieval Europe Dark Age will indeed continue to descend.
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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Ages?
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:31 am 
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A flaming example is last year’s declaration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that the Jews never had anything to do with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is the equivalent of declaring that the Roman Empire never existed and George Washington was a fictional character. This from an organization supposedly dedicated to education, science and culture.


Whoa! If that is real then it is shocking and disturbing! :shock:

Agree with the idea of "fusion of Judeo-Christian with Greco-Roman _IS_ "Western Civilization," albeit with two major additional inputs: 1. the legal and political innovations that arose out of the Norman conquests, i.e., Viking-French hybrids nobles in a minority fraction of Saxon Britain striving to come up with ways to rule that did not spell their downfall; 2. The Reformation and Englightenment, i.e., the rise of secularism and of science.

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As the West declines, who is rising? The unholy trinity of Iran, Russia and China, three states ranging from the totalitarian to the authoritarian; three countries run by kleptocratic elites hiding behind religious and secular dogmas.


Not a bad point, however, I question how much of an actual "rise" the unholy trinity is making. Pretty much no one who is already a benefactor or prisoner of those regimes is looking to either become a member or emulate their way of life. One might regard the tenacity if not "resurgence" of anti-Western worldviews as signs of their death throes just as readily as one regards them as their impending ascendance. Not to say that eases the imperative to be vigilant, but it isn't over till the fat lady sings . . .

Also one last comment: the author left out the Sunni caliph wannabes. So it would perhaps be more apt to say "The Unholy Trinity" and its would-be competitor "Homicidal Sunniism."

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