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Declinist Reading List, Part One

As the Toileting of America becomes more apparent, there has arisen a genre of non-fiction that might help someone just becoming aware of the decay wrap his or her head around the history, nature and seriousness of the problem. Below is some recommended reading for the emerging declinist:

Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline by Robert Bork–Deep, historical analysis of the rise of the especially corrosive form of liberalism currently ascendant in the United States from its origins in The Enlightenment through various incarnations to the late twentieth century. A good overview of Moonbattery and its effects up to about the mid-1990s.

The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students by Allan Bloom–Allan Bloom, a moderate conservative politically (though he denied it), was a professor of philosophy at Yale and the University of Chicago. In Closing, he exposes about the kind of hard-left/anti-Western/morally relativistic crap that American universities were teaching (and still teach) as indisputable fact in history and the humanities. In 1987, when this book came out, this was somewhat controversial as many parents were unaware of what their kids were being indoctrinated with and many professors liked it that way. Bloom paints a bleak picture of American academia as a place for ex-radicals to idle and pass along their intellectual viruses. His intent wasn’t political; he was lamenting the DOCTRINAIRE and unexamined nature of the nonsense being taught more than its mere existence. The criticism is even more poignant now as the sort of PC crap that was extreme and “out there” enough to be noticed in 1987 is deeply embedded in the curriculum by now and has largely stopped raising eyebrows.

The De-Valuing of America by William J. Bennet– Bennet, the lawyer and philosophy Ph. D. who was head of the national Endowment for the Humanities and Department of Education under Ronald Reagan, warns us that someone is purposely mis-educating your kids. Written in 1994, the book accurately predicts that the unceasing attacks on “bourgeois culture” by the media and academia will result in a nation where nobody can be shocked, nobody can follow a line of intelligent reasoning and nobody can explain what they stand for. His book is worth a read just to snicker at how gullible all those leftist lunkheads were when it came to the “Beautiful Revolution” of the Sandanistas (which brings to mind the media’s slobbering over the equally misunderstood “Arab Spring” last year).

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire by Morris Berman

The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman

Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman

Morris Berman is the pre-eminent voice of America Declinism, laying bare the apparently hopeless future of American society and the political system dependent upon it. In this trilogy of books, Berman explores how dumb, shallow and lazy Americans have become (Twilight), the effect this has had on domestic and foreign policy (Dark Ages) and what the next steps must be for those of us who read the news and smell death in the air (Failed). In Why America Failed, Berman spends some time pretty courageously exploring the notion that the agrarian South that seceded from the Union in 1860, based in tradition and Christian mores as it was, might have been a more promising society to seed a long-lasting civilization than the self-righteous industrial North that burned the plantations down. Anything by Berman is good reading for the Toilet-conscious.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges–What have we become? 300 million obese idiots listening to Clear Channel Radio, masturbating to Internet porn and watching professional wrestling and the Kardashians. That about sums it up. What happens to a nation that, collectively, never picks up a book written above a ninth-grade level (if at all) or puts down the remote? What happens to economy, culture and morality in a nation of over-privileged illiterates? This book explores that question.

That’s enough for today, class. More recommended reading in the future.

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