I’ve been thinking for a while of revisiting the watershed essays I posted in 2008 and 2009, but I was pleasantly shocked earlier this year when I read an excellent piece by Victor Davis Hansen that already did it for me. Hansen’s essay “The Last Generation of the West and the Thin Strand of Civilization” covers almost exactly the same ground that I identified six years ago.
The fact that two men of different generations independently see the same writing on the wall cannot be insignificant.
Hansen cites examples for four of the five areas that worry me–the only missing item is, oddly, my number one. But more on that shortly.
Here are quotes from Hansen that correlate with my first four categories of American decline. His original has links to evidence–please read his essay and read his links.
#5: Government Size and Spending
“The fourth-century Greeks at the end pasted silver over their worthless bronze coins — “reds” being the protruding noses and hair of the portraiture that first appeared bronze-like, as the silver patina rubbed off. The bastardization of the currency fostered many books on Roman decline. More worthless money for more people was a sign of “crisis” — analogous to our own quantitative easing and $17 trillion in debt.