I thought that was a great book and I read it based on a recommendation from ROK. It has some very red-pill realities, which would not be exposed in a traditional college or staid literary circle. I posted the article below, which I think was pretty observant:Pride male said:Is Anna Karenina a must read?
In 1931, he published Man and Technics, which warned against the dangers of technology and industrialism to culture. He especially pointed to the tendency of Western technology to spread to hostile "Colored races" which would then use the weapons against the West. It was poorly received because of its anti-industrialism. This book contains the well-known Spengler quote "Optimism is cowardice".
Spengler described the process by which Enlightenment rationalism undermines and destroys itself, passing from unlimited optimism to unqualified skepticism. The Cartesian self-centered rationalism leads to schools of thought that do not cognize outside of their own constructed worlds, ignoring actual every-day life experience. It applies criticism to its own artificial world until it exhausts itself in meaninglessness. In reaction to the educated elites, the masses give rise to the Second Religiousness, which manifests as deeply suspicious of academia and science.
The Second Religiousness appears as a harbinger of the decline of mature Civilization into an ahistorical state. The Second Religiousness occurs concurrently with Caesarism, the final political constitution of Late Civilization. Caesarism is the rise of an authoritarian ruler, a new 'emperor' akin to Caesar or Augustus, taking the reins in reaction to a decline in creativity, ideology and energy after a culture has reached its high point and become a civilization. Both the Second Religiousness and Caesarism demonstrate the lack of youthful strength or creativity that the Early Culture once possessed. The Second Religiousness is simply a rehashing of the original religious trend of the Culture.
Keep in mind The Grand Chessboard was written back in 1997 so some of its content is noticeably dated, but if you want a better understanding of ongoing geopolitical struggles (especially Ukraine, Middle East, and to a lesser degree East Asia), yes. It also gives insight into how the globalist elites view the world and what their objectives are, as far as the U.S. as a vehicle for their agenda.Pride male said:Is Grand Chessboard Brezhinski a must read?
There are people out there who believe the author was MI5 and the novel is an expose, not just fiction. He was head of some eugenics laboratory and all that.Piankhi said:Just got my hands on Brave New World. Is it a must read?
So 2020 America? I’ll have to look into that book, I keep hearing people talk about it.The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Gibbon noted five things that presaged the collapse of the Roman Empire:
1) Ostentatious displays of wealth.
2) A preoccupation with sex and perversions of sex.
3) Freakishness in the arts and outlandish enthusiasms pretending to be creativity.
4) A huge disparity between the most wealthy citizens and the poor.
5) An increased desire to live off the state.