UK Paper Warns Readers About Terminal Decline of the West

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19:05 03.01.2016(updated 19:25 03.01.2016) Get short URL

Otto Spengler’s ‘Decline of the West’ was 90 years ahead of its time, Daily Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker told readers on Saturday.

The events of the past year have demonstrated a decisive shift in power away from the West, which is facing its terminal decline, columnist Christopher Booker wrote in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on Saturday.
“What we were seeing in 2015, more than ever before, were the signs of one of history’s great geopolitical shifts, as the centuries-old hegemony of the West gives way to the new powerhouses of the outside world,” wrote Booker.

The author cited recent visits by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Britain, during which, “led by David Cameron, our politicians could not have fawned more humiliatingly.”

Europe’s refugee crisis, the threat of terrorism and conflicts in the Middle East, “reduced to chaos by our vainglorious interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya,” have all shown the inadequacy of the old world order, said Booker.

“Everywhere we see Western illusions colliding with reality, as when the reckless bid to suck Ukraine into the EU and Nato inevitably provoked a response from President Putin and a Russian sense of national interest that has left us looking pathetically impotent.”

“We might well be haunted by the brilliant title of that otherwise not very good book written by Otto Spengler in the Twenties, Der Untergang des Abendlandes (The Decline of the West). All civilisations, as we know, eventually decline, and Spengler’s title was just 90 years ahead of its time.”

​Booker’s article in the Daily Telegraph, which argues that “our spoiled, emasculated, de‑spiritualised societies in the West are in terminal decline.” A survey of readers that accompanied his column found that the majority agreed with him.

“The reason why we do not see just how far our spoiled, emasculated, despiritualised societies in the West have lost the plot is that they are the bubble we live in. But these days there is a great big world out there, much less sentimental and much tougher than what we have become used to. Over the coming years, our world is going to change more than we can imagine,” warned the columnist.

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