Второе пришествие заката Европы

МАДРИД. С момента публикации в 1918 году первого тома «Заката Европы» Освальда Шпенглера, пророчество о неумолимой судьбе того, что он назвал «фаустовой цивилизацией» было периодической темой для мыслителей и интеллектуалов. Нынешний кризис в США и Европе, который, прежде всего, является результатом свойственных капитализму США этических неудач и дисфункции Европы, можно рассматривать как кредит доверия представлению Шпенглера о неадекватности демократии и его роспуску Западной цивилизации, которая постоянно действует под руководством разрушающей жажды денег.

Но детерминизм в истории всегда терпел поражение от непредсказуемых сил человеческой воли и, в данном случае, от необыкновенной способности Запада к обновлению, даже после катастрофических поражений. Действительно, Запад больше не один в создании глобальной повестки дня, и его ценности неизбежно все больше будут оспариваться новыми державами, но его упадок не является линейным и необратимым процессом.

Не может быть никаких сомнений в том, что в последнее время военное господство и границы экономики Запада сильно уменьшились. В 2000 году ВВП Америки был в 8 раз больше, чем в Китае, а сегодня он всего лишь в два раза больше. Хуже того, ужасающее неравенство в доходах, притесненный средний класс и доказательства широко распространенного нарушения этических норм и беззаконности способствует распространению опасного разочарования в демократии и растущей потере доверия к системе, которая предала американскую мечту постоянного прогресса и совершенствования.

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