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Slow-Motion Suicide of the West

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Posted By: earlybird, 4/25/2021 3:19:04 PM

I have been thinking a good deal recently about Arnold Toynbee’s much-quoted observation that “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” As an historical proposition, (Snip)And yet we all see the pertinence of Toynbee’s point. While there are, as a matter of historical fact, plenty of civilizations that succumb to invasion, occupation, and subjugation, there are also many that wither from within from a failure of self-confidence, of (for the Bergsonians out there) élan vital, of what your philosophy graduate student likes to call thumos: spirit, gumption, “heart,” manliness. (Snip) But that was a long time ago. Nowadays, “liberalism” is distinguished above all by its illiberalism and intolerance.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: justavoter 4/25/2021 3:51:42 PM (No. 766824)
The Chicoms and Russia have been funding these nut job leftist in the West with the intention that they would destroy the civilization there. The "Green New Deal" is simply resource preservation until everything is destroyed and China will come in and reap the spoils without firing a shot. The Left are truly idiots.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mofongo 4/25/2021 4:00:25 PM (No. 766831)
I tell every young person to learn Chinese as I have done. There is no way that a country as phenomenally uneducated, unserious and fragmented as this could possibly compete with the largest country in the world, determined to avenge the humiliation of the 19th century.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 4/25/2021 4:17:42 PM (No. 766849)
There are writings about the eight stages in the rise and fall of civilizations. America is in the eighth and final stage - societal bondage.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 4/25/2021 4:31:32 PM (No. 766859)
You call this "slow motion"... It's fast forward!!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 4/26/2021 1:57:46 AM (No. 767138)
It seems Pat Buchanan was way ahead of the game when he wrote about the extinction of white Europeans. We are an ignorant nation. Easy pickings.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rinktum 4/26/2021 7:21:18 AM (No. 767230)
Well, this article will not cheer you up. It will, however, give you truth. We are at a place in this country that is so dangerous to our existence that most people do not understand it and others just ignore it so they can pretend everything is fine. It is frightening to those of us who realize why we are where we are and know who monster is that is about to consume us. Why can’t everyone see this? Is the awakening of the rest of the country going to be too late to do anything about what seems inevitable? The millions of us out here in flyover country get it, at least, most of us do. However, I cannot believe that this group of perverted fascists are on track to potentially bring down this country.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sanchin 4/26/2021 9:25:12 AM (No. 767357)
I suspect this country will go one of two ways. The first possibility is it will have a revolution similar to what happened in Russia under the Bolsheviks. The elite are like the Czarists and the backlash is growing BUT not as much as the BLM movement is growing against the societal structure. The second possibility is that the country will Balkanize into separate areas/Mega-States. The second possibility is unlikely in the near or mid-term because the Federal government will crush (militarily) any dissent or move to secession. Regardless of the path ultimately chosen, America as the shining city on the hill no longer exists. It flatlined with the last election and many in this country are still somewhere in the first four stages of grief (Denial, Bargaining,Depression, or Anger).
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Zigrid 4/26/2021 10:01:20 AM (No. 767390)
There is no question that china and Russia are pulling strings to tear down those of you who get discouraged... here's a thought... thank God WE had President Trump for four years to build up the military...and set some laws into place... appoint some "just" judges..and show Americans that WE are special...MAGA is in our hearts...and the new world order dudes can't erase President Trump's place in history... I'm hoping he'll get another shot at the White House...but God is in charge...
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Reply 9 - Posted by: PrayerWarrior 4/26/2021 11:23:43 AM (No. 767503)
This bears repeating: Green New Deal: Green on the outside, Red on the inside.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Zumkopf 4/26/2021 12:14:43 PM (No. 767554)
#7, there is a third way. Even the most fearsome fascist states (think East Germany, Romania, Albania) fail, and with astonishing speed when they do. At some point the people realize what the self-appointed elite knew all along -- all governments rule by the consent of the governed. That consent need not be voluntary -- terror, fear and greed are great motivators -- but when the consent evaporates, so does the possibility of control. It only takes a relative few brave souls to reveal the lack of consent. And the fewer the people in control, the more brittle their grasp of control.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 4/26/2021 9:56:55 PM (No. 768097)
#7 - I can't envision separate mega-states because every current state is infested with centers of liberalism in its cities and surrounding suburbs.
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