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How Feminism Led Us To Demographic Annihilation

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Netherlandish Proverbs, painted in 1559 is still a valid critique of the absurdities of irrational people

Running themes in Pieter Bruegel’s works include the absurdity, wickedness and foolishness of humans, and the above painting entitled Netherlandish Proverbs is no exception. Painted in 1559, nearly 500 years later the work of art still represents the foolishness of our declining society as it eats, drinks, and acts merry even while the very foundations of Western nations wash out from under it like sand in the tides.

Take a look around the crumbling remains of the West. The population of nations has never been replaced as rapidly as it is being replaced now unless those being conquered lost a war. We indeed have lost a war, but it’s not a military war we lost. We lost a cultural war. It has been said a great nation can’t be conquered from without until it destroys itself from within. That’s exactly what happened to Europe and America.

Most people have no idea why the West is dying. Every major problem we have relates to one simple issue: traditional Europeans and Americans have become demographically non-viable.

The long and short of it is, there’s a magic number demographers use to demonstrate the viability of a culture or ethnic group. There must be an average minimum of 2.1 births per woman to sustain a culture. Traditional European and American women have fallen short of that reproductive mark for 40 years. The ongoing demographic conquest and resettlement of both continents is a direct result of this dereliction of traditional female duty brought on by feminism. The welfare state and child support slavery laws aimed at turning men into sperm donors and indentured servants have added insult to injury.

In many ways, feminism can be seen as the ultimate betrayal of the Western beta male and the ultimate display of female solipsism. It is the root cause of population decline in the West. This is likely why ancient wisdom from the Bible consistently warns men about female nature.

European and American men of yore built the most peaceful and prosperous societies on the planet and women thanked their posterity by not reproducing with them in sufficient numbers to keep the machinery of the perpetual motion, infinite growth economy running. Nor do they reproduce with them in sufficient numbers to even maintain the population. And the situation gets worse with each passing year. As a direct result of feminism, more white people are now dying than being born. For that reason research will be done in the coming year in search of an answer to this looming question: Have American women really become the worst in on the planet from both biological and subjective standpoints?

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The average age of first pregnancy is up from 21 in 1970 to 26 today as women marry a corporation rather than a husband

A Dying Population

Within the past few weeks, Establishment media gleefully trumpeted:

In around 1/3 of U.S. states, more white people are now dying than being born — a major shift that is expected to continue and has significant implications for government policy. Seventeen states — home to 121 million people, or roughly 38% of the country’s population — had more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites in 2014, up from just four states a decade earlier, according to research released Tuesday by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy.

Just to emphasize: The number of states where more whites are now dying than being born is increasing rapidly, not decreasing.

The end result of feminism will be that two continents (and possibly a third with Australia) will be conquered—yes, conquered—demographically. It is over for the Evil White Male and he has only himself and his statistically sterile women to thank for it.

One only need travel around the USA to see that even parts of Kansas and Nebraska now resemble Mexico and Spanish is the lingua franca, not English. One can also glance at demographic trends that show Hispanic births will outnumber Anglo births sometime around 2040. That’s little more than a generation away, folks. The USA will be an appendage of Latin America in only a couple of generations and Europe will have cities and areas of many countries that are majority Muslim.

If you wonder why you are becoming a stranger in your own nation—this is what feminism hath wrought.

Every problem the West now faces boils down to the demographic implosion of traditional Western populations brought on by feminism and the extremely poor quality of its women from a reproductive and familial standpoint. No matter how much wailing and gnashing of the teeth feminists make, nature comes down to the heartless business of saving those heredities that work, and rejecting those that don’t. Once a population adopts feminism, heredities don’t work any longer.

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“You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars.” -Network, 1976

By Design?

Keeping the machinery of a perpetual growth, consumer economy is why immigration has become arguably necessary as traditional Western populations die off, and why Western leaders have opened the flood gates to refugees (an opportune moment for them to consolidate power by doing so, too, unscrupulous as they are.) The only question remaining is, is the demographic resettlement of Europe and America happening because of historical cycles of civilization or is it by design of a maniacal Establishment?

After all, it should be common knowledge among policy makers the population actually needs to be growing slightly in a Western economy in order to be stable. The effects of passing policies to slow population growth among certain ethnic groups must be known by demographers and politicians.

What’s more, the fewer traditional Europeans and Americans who are born have become too effette to carry on many of the necessary dirty jobs and blue collar tasks a functioning society requires due to decades of “special snowflake” indoctrination in the edumacation system.

It’s as if a scientific study was done on how to attack and debase the West, then politicians proceeded to do just that.

That said, effeminate Western men, who worship Hollyweird marionettes rather than themselves or traditional religions have some blame for not setting their foot down and saying “Enough is enough!” before this catastrophe became deeply embedded in the fabric of society.

Cliff’s Notes: The “monster” i.e. the infinite growth economy needs an ever increasing supply of warm bodies to keep it functioning. When white women don’t bear enough children to keep it running, and white people in general become too effette to do blue collar labor, leaders bring in other groups to keep the machinery of the economy moving.

Feminism was the hemlock that changed everything for the West.

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Nothing lasts forever: All civilizations eventually decline, according to historians

History’s Cycles Echo

Another way of looking at this is through the lens of Spengler’s Decline of the West, in which he predicted the very demographic tsunami now hitting the West. Through this lens, feminism is only the manifestation of Spengler’s predictions by a gynocentric and pussy pedestalizing culture.

In Decline of the West, a sweeping, epic study of the cycles of 6 previous civilizations going back 5,000 years and the later Man and Technics, Spengler predicted – a century ago – all the tragedies currently befalling the West. Academics often quibble with his work, but no one can deny he foresaw the current decline with astonishing accuracy.

Here’s basically why the West is being conquered, condensed down for easy digestion.

Spengler saw each high culture and civilization in terms of four seasons. In the declining “Winter” phase of a society of a civilization is which we find ourselves, the center of a nation’s culture shifts from its rural roots to the cities. Out of the irreligious metropolis, as the intellect of the city sterilizes the religion and traditions of a culture, life becomes a series of problems to be analyzed rather than a thing to be lived. Western man’s irreligious, rational, materialistic intellect has sterilized everything about his culture by analyzing it to death – including himself as fertility has declined. An epidemic of snarky, nihilistic manchildren helps illustrate this point.

Feminism is, of course, a representation of the intellect sterilizing the simpler, more intuitive, and more fulfilling ways of life. The other tenets of liberalism also represent the “intellectual” destroying the foundations of the culture.

City intellectuals arrogantly criticize and shame the rural, intuitive ways of life of the masses of people. Religion and traditions are mocked, art itself becomes repetition of past great works, and children are weighed in terms of economic pros and cons rather than a necessity for the promulgation of not only the economy but the ethnic group itself.

The population is then ripe for conquest. Which is happening before our very eyes. As Spengler knew, we can face our fate with cowardly optimism or brave pessimism.

Things only get worse from here as friction grows between traditional Europeans and Americans who have very different ways of life from those who will soon make up the majority of their nations. Democracy will end in the Western world as white people no longer have power at the very ballot boxes they created within a generation or two.

Just remember—feminism (and by extension, weakling males) was at the root of it all when the time comes. When will men stop being White Knights and call a spade a spade, then take away the Pussy Pass women have enjoyed far too long?

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Demographic Statistics Reflect the Ongoing Decline of the West

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Women being encouraged to walk away from men and family is having adverse effects on society – the numbers detail the decline below

We often lament the decline of the American family in the manosphere. It’s always good to qualify subjective observations with real data.

Here’s some research from the left-leaning Pew Research, who of course thinks the ongoing, slow-motion Marxist train wreck (i.e. the destruction of the nuclear family and demographic displacement of whites from their nations branded as Diversity™) is a good thing.

The first piece of evidence reflects the Anglo female’s path of destruction brought on by an epidemic of solipsism as the vast majority of divorces are initiated by, or caused by women. The bad news is cleverly manipulated to sound like “progress” in the report.

Two-parent households are on the decline in the U.S., while divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise.

Why is the nuclear family dying while disposable relationships are becoming the norm? Under the forming matriarchy, no man is good enough for today’s Anglo women. Whether it be 19 days or 19 years, the male WILL BE DISPOSED OF at some point in time. It’s all about ME when it comes to American women, and especially white American women. This means marriage and relationships are very bad bet for today’s American men.

Of course, women’s bad decisions are always blamed on men in a gynocentric culture. Many women today only pop out a kid so they can be awarded an 18-year annuity, i.e. child support check. They then follow the YouGoGrrl™ narrative and marry themselves to a corporation rather than a husband. Even though these are poor decisions when it comes to the social and material well-being of the next generation, the bad news is once again mangled into a positive-sounding statement.

About one-in-six American kids now live in a blended family. And the roles of mothers and fathers are converging, due in part to the rise of breadwinner moms.

Notice the wording in that preceding sentence. Bias is written into the stinky Pew report as “breadwinner moms” implies men aren’t holding up their end of the bargain. The reality is there are plenty of good men out there, but women’s fickle nature has been amplified by generations of feminist cheerleading.

The fact American men are known as and seen as the Gold Standard in other parts of the world is easily evident once a man checks himself out of the Anglo insane asylum and spends any length of time abroad. Women abroad (Europe excluded) fall over themselves to get to American men because they know just how good we are, unlike our home girls here in the States.

Meantime, the androgyny agenda is revealed in the next selection from Pew.

Dads are doing more housework and child care, while moms are doing more paid work outside the home.

As we all know, de-balled men are not attractive to women no matter what comes out of their mouths. And manly women are not attractive to men. How gender roles became so fucked up in America will be studied by future historians who write about our decline as a nation and civilization.

And of course, as androgyny becomes “normal” and women turn themselves into wannabe men, Americans have become so brainwashed only a little over half think children are better off with a mom rather than a nanny and/or the television set raising them.

Americans are conflicted about some aspects of this change: While nearly half of two-parent households have a mom and dad who both work full time, 51% of Americans say children are better off with a mother at home.

On a related note, as women displace men in the workforce and double the supply of labor for greedy CEOs, wages are falling and the middle class is evaporating.

The share of U.S. adults living in middle-income households fell to 50% in 2015, after more than four decades in which those households served as the nation’s economic majority.

But these numbers reveal more than just tattered families and declining economic fortunes.

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Get used to seeing a lot more burqas in the coming decades

The Future

Deeply intertwined with the above statistics, the decline in religiousness among Western and particularly Anglo populations is intimately connected with the decline in family and therefore the nations of the West. Like it or not, religion holds the family together. Perhaps more than anything else,  and this is based on personal observation – it gives women something to believe in rather than the Church of Consumerism that now dominates Europe and the USA.

Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, mostly because Muslims are younger and have more children than any other religious group globally. By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians.

When a society becomes atheistic, it becomes demographically non-viable. Even hardcore atheists and agnostics must admit this even if they don’t need to be of the faith themselves; the data do not lie.

Of course, Pew and other liberal organizations celebrate the Death of Whitey, his family, his religion, and his nation.

By 2055, the U.S. will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. Much of this change has been (and will be) driven by immigration. Nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. in the past 50 years, mostly from Latin America and Asia. Today, a near-record 14% of the country’s population is foreign born compared with just 5% in 1965. Over the next five decades, the majority of U.S. population growth is projected to be linked to new Asian and Hispanic immigration.

By 2100, barring some dramatic change in current trends, the USA will undoubtedly be a Hispanic nation. As early as 2040 or 2050 Hispanics will surpass Anglo whites in the number of children that are being born in a plurality. There is reason to think they’ll go on to become the majority after that point of no return is reached.

It’s yet another confirmation the Empowered™ lifestyle of today’s American women is really a deathstyle when it is viewed through the lens of history and the rise and decline of nations and empires. Anglos and particularly Anglo women started believing they were too advanced to have dirty little children. That belief was the blunder of all time.

Oh, and get ready for a Democratic dictatorship barring some astonishing sea change brought on by Trump’s presidency.

Young adult Millennials are much more likely than their elders to hold liberal views on many political and social issues, though they are also less likely to identify with either political party: 50% call themselves political independents.

So, you see we aren’t being irrational when it comes to lamenting, criticizing, and getting “Mad as Hell” like Howard Beale about what is happening in modern day America. There are real numbers to back up our disgust with the decline, and these numbers scream we need to start investing a little energy into self-interest if we are to prosper as a people and a nation.

Of course, a counterpoint is there’s nothing much worth saving that’s left in the modern West. That’s one of the reasons I left the USA in the first place and have a happier life abroad. What’s your solution?

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The Coming Cultural Singularity is Claiming Its First Victims

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A perpetual growth, consumption economy is like a black hole that sucks the culture and eventually lives of those participating in it right out of a nation – if profit-seeking behavior is unrestrained

You will become one with the Borg. Your existence as it has been is over. From this time forward, you will service us.

Those words are more than just a great piece of writing in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. They’ve become a chilling warning to the rest of the world (those who would dare to wish to see their culture remain intact) as a twisted game is now in play to see if CEOs can take American-style corporatism worldwide, with the end goal being the transformation of human beings into Adam Curtis style happiness machines. A game of world domination is now in play, in which humanity takes a back seat to quarterly profit seeking.

Make no mistake, the ambition of globalists and government bureaucrats alike is not only to micromanage the neo-tyranny known as the United States, but to push a culture of shopping, eating out, and creating problems with people’s lives to create profit on the rest of the world.

Nothing is too sacred to be sold out. This makes perfect business sense, but as Carl Sagan once said, the unrestrained pursuit of profit poses serious risks to the soul of a nation. America lost its soul at the alter of consumerism, which is why in the 21st century it is a nation that is materially rich but spiritually and demographically dead (at least for the founding ethnic group.)

After having spent a long period outside the consumption culture, coming back to visit a nation that revolves around getting and spending money at the cost of everything else that once made life worth living comes as quite a culture shock. What also comes as quite a shock is how isolated and detached from one another people are. The country is a coast to coast shopping mall and eatery in which there’s no sense of community and people have no sense of attachment to one another or need for one another beyond fiduciary concerns.

People live debased lives and further debase themselves as they become nameless, faceless strangers in the city. They become automatons who only think in terms of money and how to get and spend more of it. The idea of having children and propagating a culture in which people feel like life is innately satisfying to live has been lost.

Considering this general feeling of the culture one experiences once when he has been away for a while then comes back to a jarring juxtaposition of the Old World with the Consumer World, once coming to this realization a man does not wonder why the once mighty white race is going out with a whimper instead of a bang as it has been sedated and sold out by its own decadence, and individuals’ detachment from one another.

The demographic and cultural decline of Anglos in America also serves as doleful warning to those who would sell out their culture to live mechanical lives as profit seeking consumers in a consumption machine: selling out your humanity for “stuff” and fleeting material pleasure comes as a high price.

Is there anything that can be done?

One does not simply stop the wheels of an economy that have mercilessly decimated the nuclear family without facing serious repercussions as people have evolved to depend on it, but those who organized the world’s first consumption culture will be perhaps the first to disappear from the face of the earth as a result of it. Whites are now disappearing from the nation they created in astonishing numbers, and with an ever-increasing pace. It’s what demographers call an inverted population pyramid. Indeed, more whites are now dying than being born. Breitbart lays bare the results of a culture in love with material things rather than people. (As The New Modern Man constantly points out, feminism and Cultural Marxism – both products of monetary powers coming to dominate the political forms of the nation – haven’t helped, either.)

Racial and ethic minorities children under the age of five are now the majority as non-Hispanic white children make up an ever-smaller slice of the population, according to the Census Bureau. New population estimates released Thursday reveal a striking shift in the composition of America’s population as racial and ethnic minority births are also outpacing minority deaths. Meanwhile non-Hispanic whites are experiencing negative population growth, seeing 61,841 more deaths than births between 2013 and 2014.

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See any red or pink on that map? All areas shaded those colors are where whites are losing population

Whites have a feeling something is wrong, but they haven’t quite diagnosed the problem yet. They see themselves becoming strangers in their own land, they see themselves being demographically and culturally conquered although semi-peacefully, and they know more whites are dying than being born as small towns wither away while they’re simultaneously seeing white population decline in the big city.

Everywhere you go, whites are fading because of the “advanced” and so-called “modern” lives they lead.

There is a growing sentiment of finality and dread that’s almost palpable. Comedian Bill Hicks even hints at the problem, although his voice is quickly drowned out by constant advertising and product placement.

I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind’s sole purpose on this planet.

If only people realized their materialism is literally killing their posterity and consuming their lives in the pursuit of vanity and narcissism.

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The Culture-Materialism ratio has become seriously unbalanced towards the materialism side in late stage Anglo culture

No Easy Solutions

What is causing all this? It must be those immigrants is the initial thought. It’s not that. It’s the fact the cycle of life, i.e. having kids and raising them as the motivating force behind life rather than having careerism and consumerism as the motivating force has gone the way of the dinosaurs. That “antiquated” way of living life has been disrupted by gold-plated dreams of winning the conspicuous consumption prize when in fact the reality of any economy is their are 10 losers for every winner or else it could not function.

The family, the building block of any society or economy has been forgotten. A new electronic gadget or sedan has taken its place.

There are those who want to see the American model of consumption and the sacrificing of the world’s cultures at the altar of the shopping mall foisted upon everyone on the planet. The beast that is the perpetual growth economy that has been created must constantly be fed with a steady diet of human lives and human energy. It won’t stop with its voracious appetite until it has turned the entire world into the same perfect consumers Americans have become.

The only chance for finding a way out of this downward spiral for those who think human beings are more than “happiness machines” is through one of two options: if the monster consumes those who created it in such a manner the rest of the world learns a lesson from it, or more likely, it dies out before it can spread like the cancer it is to the rest of the planet as it suffocates those who created it.

If it doesn’t, the coming cultural singularity will mean the entire world, not just America, is one big shopping mall and eatery. I can think of no worse hell than a planet in which humanity has taken a back seat to corporate economics, and everyone goes into work 50 to 60 hours a week in a rent-seeking economy that consumes their entire lives, their culture, and their freedom. Standardized human beings,in which every tribe and ethnicity talks, walks, and acts just like Americans do today. An entire world just as bland as standardized hamburgers like the Big Mac.

Are you ready to become one with the Borg?

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Thanks, Feminism: National Suicide as America’s Birth Rate Hits New Low

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The first item on the Cultural Marxism agenda is to destroy the family, and feminism is how it was done

American fertility rates are now lower than ever recorded. Translation: Americans of European descent (and incidentally, across the pond Europeans themselves) are committing demographic and national suicide as they now have dying populations, and the situation is only getting worse. This is all thanks to the deadly cocktail of feminism, heavy-handed and unfair child support laws which figuratively neuter and enslave would-be fathers, and a culture that despises both men and family. More people are dying than are being born in these populations.

Of course, this is always spun by the men behind the curtain as a positive development, as white people dying off is helping out with overpopulation. But no mainstream publication ever points out the negatives. Negatives like genocide and national suicide, as well as demographic replacement of whites from their own countries. You know, that sort of thing.

One can easily argue that if the demographics of Mexico were being changed by a flood of white people pouring in, and whites were set to make Mexicans become a minority in Mexico, self-hating liberals would be in an uproar about it. Realizing the truth of that statement makes one realize just how far to the other side things have gone.

America was down 600,000 births last year, full evidence that government policy designed to destroy the family and the fruit of heterosexual coupling is working. Vivisecting mainstream mediaites claim it’s connected solely to the downturn in the U.S. economy (arguably engineered as well), but as usual fail to see the larger picture and implications.

The Great Recession sent an economic shock through American society that reached far beyond the stock and housing markets. More than five years after economists announced the end of the recession, fertility levels have still not recovered. As a result, more than 3.4 million fewer babies were born in the United States between 2008 and 2015 than would have been expected if pre-recession fertility rates had been sustained. In each of the last five years, this birth deficit has resulted in roughly 500,000 fewer births.

It’s about much more than money. It’s about culture, it’s about government policy, and it’s about social engineering.

CNN even went so far as to say the population of the U.S. will continue to rise in the 21st century, but neglected to point out all of the increase in population will be from immigrants and refugees, which is convenient since the goal of globalists is to make white people strangers in their own lands.

Although the fertility rate is decreasing, that doesn’t necessarily mean the US population is going to shrink. The rate of growth may be slower, but the population is still expected to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau took the falling fertility rate into account and still projected that the population would go from 319 million in 2014 to reach 400 million by 2051.

Whites will have gone from over 90% of the population of the U.S. in 1960 to maybe 43% by 2051. And declining. Additionally, they’re the only group that is not allowed to look out for their own self-interest.

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Changing demographics will make the previous generation’s culture war seem like a cake walk, not just in America but other Western nations

Alternative Media

Meantime, on the other side of the issue Numbers USA is “Educating Americans on the need for policies of controlled immigration for the national interest.” Countering Marxist CNN talking points, it publishes thought crimes that go against the corporate-controlled mainstream media narrative, like a Gallup poll saying nearly 80% of Americans are against increasing immigration numbers. Meantime, the border with Mexico remains wide open as the Border Patrol reports illegal crossings have already exceeded 2015 numbers little more than halfway through the year.

NumbersUSA calls for ending chain migration, reforming birthright citizenship, eliminating the visa lottery, reducing unnecessary worker visas and reducing refugee and visa fraud. Never heard of these common sense proposals? Thank the talking heads in the media and political operatives that create other window dressing issues for the American sheeple to focus on as a diversion tactic.

Donna Strobino at Johns Hopkins University inadvertently details the cost of social engineering schemes which push women to both pursue rubber stamps and force men out of jobs (insanity since women repeatedly show being a walking ATM machine is the only value most men have to them). The costs of YouGoGrrl-ism and careerism include so-called Strong, Independent Women™ having children at times in their lives when genetic defects and complications during pregnancy are much more likely, if they have a “dirty little baby” at all.

The good news is that infertility treatment has allowed women to extend the age of childbirthing, going along with a lot of trends we are seeing in increasing age of marriage, increasing education levels and increasing labor force participation. The bad news is the complications associated with aging that have to do with an increase in chronic diseases as women age, increase in pregnancy-induced complications and increase in complications for the fetus and newborn.

Put simply, nature designed women to have children when they’re 20-ish, not 40-ish. But we also never hear this emphasized in these “news” reports.

Are we likely to see a shift coming in the next generation back towards family and traditionalism? As much as I would like to be optimistic and say, yes, we will see that, my gut feeling is things are only going to get worse. Feminists are worse than ever and it appears they won’t stop until they’ve figuratively slit the throat of the entire population of the European culture-based world.

What’s even more amazing, although it really shouldn’t be surprising is the “dirty” nature with which some circles view “breeders” which only further paints a bleak picture of the evolving culture of death in the West. The culture of death has become so malignant as it spreads throughout and kills the body politic women now get patted on the back for killing their offspring.

Feminism is indeed an interesting offshoot of a Puritan culture, and an interesting case study proving much, if not all of The Anglobitch Thesis correct. When historians look back at the Decline of the West, they may wonder why a society that was so materially rich was so familially impoverished. Trite as it may seem to some, abandoning religion’s warnings about women was either the biggest blunder (for humanity) or the biggest success (for globalists) of all time.

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Video of the Week: The Fall of Rome – Modern Parallels

Stefan Molyneux creates a lot of high quality content, and this 2 1/2 hour long presentation on The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels is no exception. It’s often said history repeats itself, but this presentation proves history doesn’t repeat as much as it echoes. When one looks back across a couple of thousand of years of history, it’s hard not to see parallels between Roman society and Western society. (The similarities even stretch back to Ancient Greece, and all other “High Cultures” studied by Spengler, the prophet of Western decline on whose ideas the Decline of the West section of The New Modern Man are built. Molyneux doesn’t really touch on Spengler, but he doesn’t need to in this tour de force history lesson).

As an aside, illustrating just how similar some of our present day problems are to historical problems faced by our “parent” civilizations, Polybius wrote this account of the demographic death of Greece, and with only “Greece” changed to “America” or “Europe” this 2,000 year old quote could just as easily apply in the early 21st century:

In our time, all Greece was visited by a dearth of children and general decay of population…this evil grew upon us rapidly, and without attracting attention, by our men becoming perverted to the passion for show and money and the pleasures of an idle life.

Whether demographic decline or cultural decay or another measure, each historian has their own model of how a society rises and declines. It’s important to recognize the similarities between each model. The rise and fall of Rome seems to follow this cycle:

  • Subsistence
  • Expansion
  • Decadence

Beyond that very prescient quote and general cycle of rise and fall of a civilization, early in the video Molyneux points out it’s ultimately the decisions that get made that create the consequences everyone else must deal with, so it’s not some inevitable causality that afflicts decline on a people as much as it is the cultural “zeitgeist” of the time. He also points out historical knowledge is more important than historical fact, a pearl of wisdom from none other than the great Lord Acton. So, while the consequences of past decisions and historical cycles aren’t impossible to escape, they’re extremely hard to escape.

At its peak, the Roman Empire stretched from Scotland to Iraq. That is an enormous swath of real estate. Even 2,000 years ago you could travel anywhere in this large empire and have your currency accepted virtually anywhere while being protected by the same laws. As Molyneux points out, this was a truly amazing accomplishment, especially considering the timeframe. At the American Empire’s peak, it stretched from sea to shining sea. Someday soon perhaps, as Pat Buchanan predicted the U.S. could also breakup into smaller pieces.

Since the very foundations of the West lie in Rome, it is very important to study the rise and fall of that civilization. Molyneux notes the decline of the West is far advanced. He presents the fundamental realities of why Rome fell, and why they’re of fundamental importance to guiding our decisions as we face a similar fate.

Of course, we have long been ensconced in the “decadence” phase. This leads to an enormous welfare state and immigrants who only come to take advantage of the largesse. Thus, in its success lies each society’s own demise. Molyneux also touches on how revisionist history in the liberal education system is leading to generations of spineless people debased from their history with nothing to be proud of. His synthesis of history with philosophy really works, and is illuminating insofar as letting us know just how far we have fallen.

This presentation is more enlightening and detailed than many of the college level history classes I took. It’s an excellent crash course in why things have become so fucked, and why we have a slim chance of recovery at this point. Enjoy. Hopefully you will find it as enlightening as I did.

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