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The UK controversial statues debate is about the decline of the West

This battle over whether or not to take down controversial statues is really a proxy for a larger battle about the decline of Western authority in geopolitics.

The Argument

The Deline of the West is a 2 volume book and thesis on the cycle of civilizations throughout history, published in 1918 and 1922.[1] He argues that Western civilization has passed its Cultural stage and is now in a stage of decay. [2] This point is driven home by one of his beliefs that once a civilization has reached its stage of decay, it will embark on a crusade to put forth its moral code on the people of the world.[3] This would explain the tearing down of statues by not only protestors but the government alike. [4] We must focus on avoiding this period of decay, rather than perpetuating the cycle.

Counter arguments

Oswald Spengler’s thesis on current Western civilization can not be considered as a philosophical issue of today, because he was not only wrong about the “inevitable path” of 2 of the 8 cultures referenced in his books, he also argued that Western civilization is already in decline at the time of writing these books, which were published 100 years ago.[5]



Rejecting the premises


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