Spengler on the West

In the 1920s Oswald Spengler’s writings held more sway than most. Joseph Campbell read his seminal book “The Decline of the West” seven times in German. It is not an easy book. He considered it one of the most important books of the era. He followed the book’s predictions his whole life and said the West was pretty much following the trajectory predicted.

“Spengler predicted that about the year 2000, Western civilization would enter the period of pre‑death emergency whose countering would lead to roughly 200 years of Caesarism (extraconstitutional omnipotence of the executive branch of the central government) before Western Civilization’s final collapse.”

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