It's Not the End of the World, It's Just the End of You
THE GREAT EXTINCTION OF THE NATIONS
by David P. Goldman alias Spengler
Spengler's analysis of economic, cultural and, demographic trends show a bright future, but not for all of us.
♦ Most Western nations won't survive the next century. For the first time in world history, the birthrate in the West has fallen below replacement level.
♦ The so-called Arab Spring is not a leap into democracy but a swoon into societal failure. The Arabs had grumbled in private against their overlords for more than half a century, but they revolted when the world market priced basic foodstuffs
out of their reach. The great enemy of the Arab world, it turned out, was neither Israel nor America, but emerging Asia. The newly rich people of Asia can pay an arbitrarily large amount for grain, and Chinese pigs would eat before Arab peasants.
♦ The decisive divide in today’s world lies between nations that have a future and nations that don’t. Contrary to the prevailing pragmatism, which demands that we take every society on its own terms, an objective criterion has emerged that does not easily fade in the wash—namely, the desire to live. Here America may have an advantage. This nation, despite its follies and gullibility, nonetheless has the spiritual strength to restore the faith of the West.