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Prophecies of doom

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Submitted by Bernard Gilland (Denmark), May 17, 2004 at 05:34

I agree that the outlook for Europe is bleak. The remedies you mention seem highly improbable.

The view that Western civilization is doomed is not new. René Guénon (a Frenchman who converted to Islam, and a critic of the West) wrote in his "The Crisis of the Modern World" (1927; English translation 1962): ".... modern civilization will perish in one way or another; it makes little difference whether the end comes about as the result of disputes among the peoples of the West themselves, either between nations or between classes, or, as some believe possible, through an invasion of "Westernized" Orientals, or by means of some cataclysm following in the wake of the "progress of science"; in any case the dangers threatening the Western world will have been called into existence through its own errors and are entirely of its own making".

If European civilization crumbles, we can only hope that the Western Hemisphere will hold out.

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