January 9, 2014

Spengler's Universal Laws


The thoughts of "Spengler" aka David P. Goldman as extracted from Asia Times Online :: The Complete Spengler Via Thoughts and Ideas

Spengler's Universal Law #1: A man or a nation at the brink of death does not have a "rational self-interest."

Spengler's Universal Law #2: When the nations of the world see their demise not as a distant prospect over the horizon, but as a foreseeable outcome, they perish of despair.

Spengler's Universal Law #3: Contrary to what you may have heard from the sociologists, the human mortality rate is still 100 percent.

Spengler's Universal Law #4: The history of the world is the history of mankind's search for immortality.

Spengler's Universal Law #5: Humankind cannot bear mortality without the hope of immortality.

Spengler's Universal Law #6 (courtesy of Warren Buffett): You don't know who's naked until the tide goes out.

Spengler's Universal Law #7: Political models are like automobile models: you can't have them unless you can pay for them.

Spengler's Universal Law #8: Wars are won by destroying the enemy's will to fight. A nation is never really beaten until it sells its women.

Spengler's Universal Law #9: A country isn't beaten until it sells its women, but it's damned when its women sell themselves.

Spengler's Universal Law #10: There's a world of difference between a lunatic and a lunatic who has won the lottery.

Spengler's Universal Law #11: At all times and in all places, the men and women of every culture deserve each other.

Spengler's Universal Law #12: Nothing is more dangerous than a civilization that has only just discovered it is dying.

Spengler's Universal Law #13: Across epochs and culture, blood has flown in inverse proportion to the hope of victory.

Spengler's Universal Law #14: Stick around long enough, and you turn into a theme park.

Spengler's Universal Law #15: When we worship ourselves, eventually we become the god that failed.

Spengler's Universal Law #16: Small civilizations perish for any number of reasons, but great civilizations die only when they no longer want to live.

Spengler's Universal Law #17: If you stay in the same place and do the same thing long enough, some empire eventually will overrun you.

Spengler's Universal Law #18: Maybe we would be better off if we never had been born, but who has such luck? Not one in a thousand.

Spengler's Universal Law #19: Pagan faith, however powerful, turns into Stygian nihilism when disappointed.

Spengler's Universal Law #20: Democracy only gives people the kind of government they deserve.

Spengler's Universal Law #21: If you believe in yourself, you're probably whoring after strange gods.

Spengler's Universal Law #22: Optimism is cowardice, at least when the subject is Muslim democracy.

Spengler's Universal Law #23: The best thing you can do for zombie cultures is, don't be one of them.

HT: Happy Acres

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 9, 2014 5:50 PM
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WOW! So far I have only read the article #5 links to. This is what needs to be out where the average fool can read it. We are truly in the cross hairs of total oblivion/destruction. And the 'great leader' is behind the cross hairs.

Posted by: Terry at January 9, 2014 1:24 PM

If the shoe fits, .... the feet of Americans should be very comfortable.

Posted by: Denny at January 9, 2014 2:55 PM

Like the pictures you put with the thoughts.

Posted by: grace at January 9, 2014 5:08 PM

Makes me think of the Burma Shave signs.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 9, 2014 6:20 PM

"Spengler" is well worth reading.

Posted by: Scott M at January 10, 2014 7:19 PM

Spengler is way overwrought. And overrated.

Posted by: Eric Blair at January 10, 2014 7:24 PM

Nice. Clever. Anyone have a comparable list of his predictions on iran?

Posted by: ErisGuy at January 11, 2014 3:00 AM

Good Idea,ErisGuy. How about working one up?

Posted by: vanderleun at January 11, 2014 9:07 AM

Don't cross the streams.

Posted by: C. Felix at January 15, 2014 3:35 PM