Tagged: civilization

The “No Place for Such Things” Fallacy

One of the arguments being widely used to justify the latest U.S.-led assault against Syria is that chemical weapons have “no place in our world.” In a typical example of this argument on display at American Thinker, the author declares, “For civilized people of the world, the use of chemical weapons is utterly unacceptable.” Perhaps it is. And what of it? There is...

The Fall of Man, Part II

For those of us who believe the rise and fall of civilizations is cyclical, and hence that, despite all the delusions of our narrow-mindedness and our “frog’s perspective” (as Nietzsche calls it), there is nothing so absolutely unique about our current deterioration, there nevertheless remains this troubling question: Have the final stages always proceeded this quickly, or is the seemingly unprecedented speed of...