Historian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal?

Historian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal? By Victor Davis Hanson.

Sophisticated but top-heavy hierarchical societies — the Near East, Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece, or the New World Aztecs — were especially vulnerable to outside challenges whether natural or human. Whenever elite knowledge in science, government, agriculture, shipping, and administration is not widely dispersed, or when a middle class is stagnant or nonexistent, then such civilizations are especially vulnerable to decapitation. Take out the ruling clique at Knossos, Mycenae, Pylos, or Tenochtitlan, and it is perhaps comparable to smashing the head of an octopus and watching his directionless tentacles go limp. …

There are only about 10 million of 330 million Americans who ensure our scientific, engineering, medical, and economic preeminence.

Most now not only do not know who they are or what they do, but also assume their own lives run on autopilot without appreciation of the few million in the shadows upon whom America’s safety and wealth sometimes hinge. …

 

 

Woke religion takes over:

We are not just in a political but rather also a cultural revolution that seeks to destroy and replace our foundational date, our foundational documents, our foundational icons, traditions, and customs …

Yet, the most dangerous of all developments is the current regression to tribalism. So far we have seen it largely as a new rejection of Martin Luther King’s dream of an integrated and assimilated society, where race became irrelevant, at least in comparison to the individual “content of our characters.” …

Ah, those race-obsessed lefties:

How odd that … the Democrats, between 1860 and 1970, was the promulgator of racial tribalism. …

Then between 1970 and 2020, for the next 50 years, Democrats became almost as fixed on race, as the linch-pin to the Great Society.

And now in our woke revolution, all that fifty-year effort is also deemed a failure and once again by Democrats. To stop racism and become an “anti-racist,” now one must become just as fixated on race and thus become a racialist. Proportional representation has given way to reparatory action. Colleges now are not expected to admit African-Americans of any and all classes and family incomes as just 12 percent of their incoming classes, but perhaps as 15-20 percent to “make up” for the discrimination sired and fueled by largely their own party for much of its existence.

What a disaster. For a century to 1990, the left fought on economic grounds and championed the working class. But after the embarrassing and undeniable failure of socialism with the voluntary collapse of the Soviet Union, the left decided to radically change direction. Henceforth they would champion every identity group except white straight males, so as to harvest the votes of women, gays, blacks, etc.

With the benefit of hindsight, would they still make that decision today? Their strategy has thrown away substantial progress towards a meritocratic and color blind society, and reverted to tribalism. All so that a small left-wing leadership class could take power. Has it really been worth it guys?