Spengler of Asia (Times)

…from the quill of Antisthenes

Christmas time is, or rather ought to be the time of reflection, relaxation and for those still in the rat race, recuperation. After all, it is indicating the end of the year, and what will not be done between then and the 31st December, will have to wait till the next year. If my experience is any guide, nothing of significance is done anyway, so why fight it or pretend otherwise? Relax. And when you get tired of your family messing up your living room, consider the following:-

Population decline is the elephant in the world’s living room. As a matter of arithmetic, we know that the social life of most developed countries will break down within two generations. Two out of three Italians and three of four Japanese will be elderly dependents by 2050. If present fertility rates hold, the number of Germans will fall by 98% over the next two centuries. No pension and health care system can support such an inverted population pyramid. Nor is the problem limited to the industrial nations. Fertility is falling at even faster rates – indeed, at rates never before registered anywhere – in the Muslim world. The world’s population will fall by as much as a fifth between the middle and the end of the 21st century, by far the worst decline in human history.“

This ought to cheer you up, though the following excerpt slightly less so.

Imminent population collapse makes radical Islam more dangerous, not less so. For in their despair, radical Muslims who can already taste the ruin of their culture believe that they have nothing to lose.

Still, we have nothing to loose. Or rather, in five or ten years time we will have nothing to loose and we will be equally dangerous, insallah. The above intriguing quotations came from the essay The fifth horseman of the apocalypse* (Spengler) which is a preface to his book How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam is Dying, Too).

Fog of Chaos asked for permission to re-publish the essay in full, but Asia Times Online (Holdings) Ltd politely advised that the book publishers** allowed only one re-publication, and that was in the Asia Times. So be it. I recommend that you read it there. That’s what Christmas is for.

*/ there is an article about the Third horseman on Fog of Chaos

**/ Regnery Press apparently, remember the name – too greedy, Scrooge like, un-Christmasy

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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