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The Staggered End of Western Civilisation
Desmond Fennell ^

Posted on 12/20/2010 7:36:18 AM PST by tesbassa

During the last ninety odd years western civilisation has been coming to an end in three revolutions: the Russian and German revolutions, and the Second American Revolution which is still shaping life in the West today. Let me clarify three key terms.

A civilisation is essentially a grounded hierarchy of rules covering all of life and making sense, which a community's rulers and ruled subscribe to over a long period. "Over a long period" (unless a military or natural disaster overwhelms it) because the community is motivated to keep reproducing itself by the sense, and therefore goodness, that it finds in the set of rules that forms its framework for life. These rules cover all behaviour from the maintenance of the state and communication with the supernatural to international relations in peace and war and dealings among persons and between men and women. The rules derive hierarchically from a hierarchy of values. This dual hierarchy—representing the greater or lesser importance to the community of the elements so arranged—is "grounded" in the sense that there are reasons, understood or intuited by the community, for the presence in it of those values and rules and for their order of ranking. Some of the rules are adjustable or replaceable as the centuries pass and circumstances and mentalities change. The essential rules are those whose continuous acceptance is necessary for the civilisation to remain itself. They form its defining core.

What, then, was European or western civilisation? Essentially it was a system of rules constructed in western Europe in the eleventh and twelfth centuries AD by Latin, Germanic and Celtic Christians, and which later crossed the Atlantic and other seas and lasted into the twentieth century. Among its essential rules were the following:

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: civilization; europe; ireland; liberalism

1 posted on 12/20/2010 7:36:25 AM PST by tesbassa
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To: AngieGal

ping to a very interesting article.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 7:43:51 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: tesbassa
Turning one’s back on Christ has its consequences... Post-Christian Era...
3 posted on 12/20/2010 7:45:49 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: tesbassa

As Robert Bork so aptly put it, we are “Slouching towards Gommorah”. Europe has already passed the point of no return and the US is quickly following suit. The pillars of western civilization: marriage, Christianity, free markets, self-sufficiency, the rule of law and public decency, are crubling before our eyes. Once we reach the tipping point, the onset of anarchy will be sudden and far reaching.

Conservatives can only slow the descent into madness: they cannot stop it. The real contest will be whether conservatives can create a new Republic out of the ashes of the old, after the collapse. Between now and then, there will be decades of strife and anguish and only the strong will survive.


4 posted on 12/20/2010 7:49:01 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Short form....

the “Great White Tribe [is in] a protracted suicide.”


5 posted on 12/20/2010 8:15:49 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: littleharbour

Maybe conservatives can’t. maybe God can.


6 posted on 12/20/2010 10:11:23 AM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: tesbassa

btt


7 posted on 12/28/2010 2:33:25 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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