Monday, October 6, 2008

The New Spengler

Nicolas Baverez, the author of La France qui tombe (2003), was once among the leading apostles of a neoliberal cure for all of France's ills. Despite the victory of the candidate who most fully embodied his vision of France's future, Baverez's pessimism has taken a decidedly dark turn. Read the opening paragraphs of his forthcoming En route vers l'inconnu and see if he doesn't remind you of a latter-day Oswald Spengler. The parallel is not really terribly amusing, for if Spengler's theories were wildly wrong in detail, they were alas all too accurate in their general tenor of doom and gloom circa 1930.

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