Just bought a used copy for 4 dollars.... what should i expect and how should i approach this book?
Not bad advice... I would say read it with a grain of salt, take notes on the general outline of his history (because it's better viewed in chronological charts than in paragraphs) and analyse it from your own vantage point on history.
Here's a partial note from the Second Volume.
We're getting a little more meat on his political views of the Classical culture.
Started reading this recently too, the abridged version though because the full version hasn't been translated to my native language for some reason. I'd say take it with a grain of salt but it does have interesting views on how much our culture shapes the way we see the world around us and I agree with him on that humanity as a whole doesn't have any clear goal or aim. Got to finish the book first before saying anything more than that, though.
trust is at an all time low
interest rates are at an all time low (negative in some places) yet growth is sparse
government and media legitimacy is near non existent
people are polarised more than ever
economic crash forecasted for later this year/early 2017
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>I agree with him on that humanity as a whole doesn't have any clear goal or aim
That's probably because it's an incredibly obvious truism. What's next, 'I agree with him that people don't normally have three heads'?
Of course it's a completely meaningless statement, but more importantly for Spengler, that is not at all the point of assembling a world history.
He is seeking to assemble a world history not for the point of administering some sort of philistine-communist worldwide tribunate, but for the express task of directing oneself (or one's own group) through a global world. Essentially to be able to see the things which are coming, miles ahead of you.
Spengler is especially interesting today. He was capable of meditating on a vast array of subjects and even of uniting them, yet it always seems like you're listening to a great thinker who has been unmanned by his lack of Biblical knowledge.