“The task of the civilized intelligence is perpetual salvage.
Why has Western man lost his nerve and his sense? That is really the only important question of the day. Everything else that is happening in the world is merely a by-product of forces occupying the space made by the shrinking of the West.
Or I should say “HOW has Western man lost his nerve and his sense?” The Why is always in the deep mystery of God’s time. The only way we can approach it is in describing the How. We might then hope to understand a little or even to find a way back.
Every thinking person has observed aspects of the phenomenon and doubtless has ideas of what are major causes of the West’s terminal state. I can but describe what strikes me, in some cases perhaps things not illuminated by other diagnosticians.
To call on empirical facts. It seems to be established that in all Western countries the level of intelligence and the level of testosterone in the white male population has been declining. No doubt as an effect of urbanism, easy living, the increasing impotence of the European ethnic core, and the feminization of culture. I noticed in my last years of teaching that not only young women but young men in South Carolina were starting to speak like Valley Girls---tentative and trivial.
It is easy to find wimps, thugs, and con artists in the U.S. today. Much harder to find those who would have been regarded in earlier ages as fully realized men. And even harder to find among those who have risen to the highest ranks of politics, bureaucracy (including the military), religious government, and culture. What used to be ordinary integrity is increasingly scarce. A lot of our people cannot even muster the normal male instinct to protect the home territory from interlopers but seem to delight in raining down death at remote control on distant people who have done us no particular harm.
How is it that so many Americans have become abnormal indifferent to the slaughter of the unborn and passive in the face of immigrant invasion?
Is this phenomenon a cause or a symptom?
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews