It’s Not the End of the World, It’s Just the End of You

The Great Extinction of the Nations

David P. Goldman

♠ Why do cultures commit suicide?
♣ Why are we witnessing a new great extinction of peoples?
♥ Why is the economic crisis really a spiritual crisis?

Probing the inner workings of civilization in a tour d’horizon of cultural decline, Spengler argues that Europe’s post-national, secular dystopia is a death trap, that the onslaught of modernity has plunged Islam into an even greater crisis, and that the destiny of nations is decided in the human heart, by religion.

This book presents, in one comprehensive volume, the wide scope of Spengler’s theories on Christianity, Islam, America, the financial crisis, horror movies, modern art, Israel, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, tribalism, the global balance of power, demography, and sex in the twenty-first century.

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Praise for It's Not the End of the World, It's Just the End of You

“Goldman always had an original take on the big picture and frequently has spotted key turning points well in advance of the herd. He’s a must-read observer of politics and economics.”

—Lawrence Kudlow
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“David P. Goldman’s ‘Spengler’ columns provide more insight than the CIA, MI6, and the Mossad combined.” 

—Herbert E. Meyer
Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and as Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council.


Spengler's analysis of economic, cultural, and demographic trends show a bright future, but not for all of us.

Most Western nations won't survive the next century. For the first time in world history, the birthrate in the West has fallen below replacement level. By 2100 the population of a dozen countries will fall by more than half, including Japan, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Ukraine and Poland.

All that secular rationalism has achieved, is to persuade us that life is not worth living. This explains a great extinction of the peoples in which 90% of the world's six thousand  languages will disappear within the next century or two, including most of the nations of Western Europe.

What destroys us, is a loss of faith, and a loss of the culture that used to sustain faith. Human beings cannot stand their own mortality without the hope of immortality, and a culture that exceeds its best-used-by-date is prone to destroy itself—Islam most prominently in the modern world.

The so-called Arab Spring is not a leap into democracy but a swoon into societal failure. What prompted the popular uprisings across the Mediterranean coast from Tunisia to Syria was not a spontaneous desire to change political circumstances, but rather the terrible realization that the backward, sclerotic, and tyrannical social system dominating most of the Arab world no longer could provide for the most basic needs of its people. The Arabs had grumbled in private against their overlords for more than half a century, but they revolted when the world market priced basic foodstuffs out of their reach. The great enemy of the Arab world, it turned out, was neither Israel nor America, but emerging Asia. The newly rich people of Asia can pay an arbitrarily large amount for grain, and Chinese pigs would eat before Arab peasants.

Most of the world’s cultures will go into oblivion without a fight, either because they cannot or do not wish to fight for survival. Some scholars hold that declining birthrates in the Islamic World will make violence less likely. In my view, the population dynamics of this civilization in decline will lead not to less violence but to more.

Will America survive the mess it's in because of the great insights of its political leaders? Former president George W. Bush thought that the United States could turn Kabul into Peoria, the archetypal American city in the state of Illinois. President Barack Obama thinks that Kabul is just as good as Peoria. Bush wanted to elevate American power and Obama wants to diminish it. Bush had better motives, but he was no less destructive of American influence.

The decisive divide in today’s world lies between nations that have a future and nations that don’t. Contrary to the prevailing pragmatism, which demands that we take every society on its own terms, an objective criterion has emerged that does not easily fade in the wash—namely, the desire to live. Here America may have an advantage. This nation, despite its follies and gullibility, nonetheless has the spiritual strength to restore the faith of the West.

Spengler’s writings, may provoke you, even frighten you—but will definitely not bore you.