Western Civilization Is In Its Final Years
Paul Craig Roberts
Perhaps other civilizations have destroyed themselves, but it is certain that the Western world has destroyed itself. Other civilizations might have underestimated a threat, or made a military blunder, or like Cartage antagonized a more powerful foe. But the Western world is the first in history that, despite its dominant economic and military power, dismantled itself.
Everywhere one looks in the Western world, governments, intellectual and professional elites, and media have picked apart Western Civilization with relentless demonization beginning in the 1960s. (And yes there are older roots. The "march through the institutions" Frankfort School moved to Columbia University in the 1930s.) White liberals thought that this was the way to reform society, but they were delusional. It is the way to deconstruct society, and that is what they have achieved.
Education, media, Hollywood, and white liberal politicians are weapons deployed against white society. They have painted a picture for all generations that came after mine of Western civilization as a racist oppressor of all other peoples — people of color, people who are not heterosexual, people unsure of their gender, and women. Feminists, minority rights activists, lesbian and homosexual activists, transgender rights activists, together with the neoconservatives who advocate US wars in Israel’s interests, have been the dominating forces in the Western world for 60 years. The demonization of Western civilization as colonialist, imperialist, and racist is institutionalized in universities, public schools, movies, literature, art, and in the New York Times’ 1619 Project. Statues and memorials have been destroyed, museum collections removed, and books banned.
As university classes become more diverse in the white countries, the culture, history, and literature of the countries comes under attack as unrepresentative. Shakespeare, for example, is no longer a requirement for English majors. Seven years ago the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reported that only 4 of the 52 top American universities require a knowledge of Shakespeare for an English major. In place of Shakespeare’s central place in the development of English literature, universities provide courses on vampires, cyborgs, and popular movies and TV shows. The abandonment of English literature, even by university English departments, has become common. For example, Stirling University in the UK dropped Jane Austin in order to “decolonize the curriculum.”
Each time a piece of the cultural tradition is cast into the Memory Hole, the culture weakens and fades a bit more. In this way we are being dispossessed of who we are. To put it simply, year by year Western civilization is being erased.