The Decline Of Western Civilization
No, this post isn’t about Penelope Spheeris’ documentary trilogy devoted to punk and metal (although those films are recommended viewing). Rather, it’s in answer to recent rhetoric questioning “whether the West has the will to survive.”
The greatest threats to Western civilization and democracy aren’t North Korea, Russia, terrorism, government bureaucracy, or the mainstream news media.
The greatest threats to Western civilization and democracy are authoritarian demagogues, extremist political ideology, corrupt corporations, economic inequality, social injustice, voting rights restrictions, and mass apathy.
Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica in 1946, this short educational film defines the dangers of despotism. Despite the film’s age, the information presented is more relevant now than ever.
“Avoid the comfortable idea that the mere form of government can of itself safeguard a nation against despotism.”