A Melancholy Calculation

Nothing is too big to fail, including civilizations, and ours is no exception. The decline of the West is historically inevitable, subject to the universal principle of entropy that functions on every plane of natural existence, including the cultural. The agencies by which it works on this level are readily isolated: the endemic vices and pathologies of human nature (greed, resentment, hatred, envy, sloth); the tendency to take for granted the benefits, rights and privileges that have been painfully won in the past and gradually squandered in the present; the eclipse of historical memory and the concomitant exhaustion of mental vigilance. Whether decline can be retarded is, of course, an open question, but one thing is certain: pushback is futile absent the recognition of the symptoms of decay.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Canada died in the last election.
    I welcome our new American overlords.

    • Waffle

      Nah, that was just the final nail in the coffin –as someone else noted. My generation did that in 1968. Proud to say, I never did and consequently suffered the slings and arrows for failing to do so.

      Solway was a very depressing read. Would have preferred to read something more Churchillian. But he does offer some clues as to why certain people acted the way they did.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Any country that elects another Trudeau deserves to be annexed.
        I’ve always wanted to be an American anyway.
        Manifest Destiny.

        • H

          I’d like that too. Unfortunately, they don’t want us (and who can blame them?)

        • canminuteman

          Twenty years ago I would have agreed with you about becoming an American. SInce my parents are English I even thought about going back to England. I used to think about leaving regularly. My college room mate emigrated and has made a good life for himself in Houston. Looking at the US and Britain now, I would never go to either of those places. If Canada becomes a third world currupt s&*t hole now, there is nowhere else to run to. We are stuck with it. We can try and improve it, or go Galt. I think going Galt is the rashonal option.