I meant that I had nothing of any import to say.
I do not understand why Western civilization is destroying itself, led by its elite.
In the past elites have often been too immersed in the pleasures of being on top, to pay attention to what was going on below them.
When you read about, say, the English Civil War, or the French Revolution, or the Russian Revolution … you keep thinking, “Jeez, guys … didn’t you see this coming? Why didn’t you make some concessions, some changes, to accommodate the people you were angering?”
In the case of monarchies, you can say, it was just a genetic accident that fairly stupid people inherited the throne, instead of smart people. If you had put Bismarck’s brain into Kaiser Wilhelm (the Second)‘s body, we wouldn’t have had WWI. If you had put Stolypin’s brain into Czar Nicholas’ body, Russia would today be a prosperous constitutional monarchy, like the Scandinavian countries.
But our ruling elites are highly intelligent, well educated … and yet they are watching while the Leftists iin our cultural apparatus dissolve the social glue that holds us together.
Beats me. Which is why I had nothing to say to your post re Reagan and the Pope. Forty years ago, we put Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in power, and although the liberal intelligentsia screamed bloody murder, the people who own the big corporations were not unhappy. But today …
I don’t understand why this has happened.
There is a theory, I think by one General Glubb, that says that empires – let’s call them ‘civilizations’ – only last about ten generations – 250 years – on average, because the militant, fighting, self-confident spirit that animates their leaders at all levels when the civilization in question is starting out, fighting enemies – starts to deteriorate when victory is achieved, and the civilization in question is secure, and begins to reap the material rewards of its victories. In short, the rulers and the social layers immediately below them, get fat and lazy.
It’s an intriguing idea, but I’m not convinced. But I have no alternative explanation.