January 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m currently reading a book by Thom Hartmann, from which I took the paragraph featured below. This man is a true progressive; I encourage anyone who is interested to read his work or listen to him from 9-12 on AM 1150 (if you can stand the terrible ads- another way is to watch is podcast on his website www.thomhartmann.com, although they’re usually heavily delayed). What follows caught my attention like an well-placed uppercut:
“Oswald Spengler* noted that cycles of growth and collapse are built into the culture, and at a certain point it ‘hardens’ and then becomes feudal** or ‘classical’. The warning signs, he says, are easily seen: replacements of human and spiritual values with slogans and self-indulgence, concentration of wealth into the hands of the few as poverty increases exponentially, citizens who are politically disengaged and ignorant, and a culture that becomes a parody of itself as it obsesses on its slogans and symbols but ceases to live out its ideals.”
– Thom Hartmann, Unequal Protection – How Corporations Became ‘People’ and How You Can Fight Back
*Oswald Spengler was a German historian and philospher of the early twentieth century, best known for his book The Decline Of The West, which put forth a cyclical theory on the rise and fall of civilizations.