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Thursday, 27 December 2012

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Mannie Sherberg
That's a heckuva jeremiad Simon Black has written -- but it's way too early to predict a demise of the West as grim (and as momentous) as the demise of Rome or the Ottoman empire or the Bourbon dynasty. The West has plenty of problems, but nothing like the problems that finally brought down Rome or the Ottomans or the Bourbons. Predictng historic outcomes is a fool's errand, but, if I had to make a prediction, I'd say that the West could be well on its way to recovery in 10 or so years -- IF it sees the error of its ways and elects sensible leaders. If we seem to be drifting to our doom at the moment, that's because almost all the major leaders of Western countries are now in the grip of socialistic ideas which cannot and will not work. Change leaders, restore something resembling free-market economies, and (assuming we get the jihad under control) you'll see the West take off like a rocket. The decline of nations is not -- despite what the Spenglers and the Toynbees claim -- foreordained.

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