The Weakness of the West

An interview with Shillman Fellow Bruce Thornton.

Professor Thornton, let us start from a quotation coming from your last article about Islamic terrorism written for Frontpage Magazine, “Committed only to material goods and pleasures, how can we battle a foe passionately loyal to the spiritual? Despising our own civilization, how can we confront those fanatically assured of the superiority of their own? How can we defeat such an enemy when there is nothing we believe is worth killing and dying for?” These are compelling questions which address dramatically the core of the problem. Let me ask you the first one. How can we battle a foe passionately loyal to the spiritual?


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  • Norman_In_New_York

    The heart of the matter is a question first posed by the BeeGees. “How can a loser ever win?”

    • Shebel

      ” How can a winner ever lose?

      Answer this and you will get to the heart of the Matter.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Define materialism.
    Is it the $350 car I bought when I was seventeen so I might be able to drive a girl to the movies?
    Minimum wage at that time was $3.35.

    • Shebel

      You had it good !
      For me it was a $1.67/hr plus an extra 5 cents if you took the night shift.
      I used my My Mommies car.
      It was a 1967 Rambler American—

  • Shebel

    I don’t really think that most folk cared all that much about ‘materialism’—-
    -back then
    It was a different Time .

  • Shebel

    You ask questions about Spiritual Loyalty .
    You bring it Down.
    What can I say when these same people – think they can Control the Climate ?
    You speak about Killing and Dying.
    I think that it is just nothing more —-than a
    ” Global Game of Chess”.

  • Alain

    If we are honest we must admit that had the present pussyfied generation existed during WW I and WW II, we would have not only lost but would have refused to defend ourselves.

    • Shebel

      You mean like now a days ?
      I can tell you for sure that I don’t Under stand.
      It is almost like the Politicians and the kids are in a Competition–
      To see Whom can destroy Canada in the the most efficient and painless—
      —– —————–
      Someone else can fill in the word.