How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too)

How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too)

by David Goldman, Spengler


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ISBN-13: 9781596982734
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 607,935
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID P. GOLDMAN headed global bond research for Bank of America as well as other Wall Street research groups. He was elected to Institutional Investor’s All-America Fixed-Income Research Team. A former Forbes columnist and editor at First Things and a frequent television commentator on politics and the economy, he draws a million readers a month for his “Spengler” column at Asia Times Online. Trained in music theory as well as economics, he has written extensively on music, mathematics, religion, and the cultural heritage of the West. He lives in New York City with his family.

Table of Contents

The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse ix

Part 1 The Decline of the East

Chapter 1 The closing of the Muslim Womb 1

Chapter 2 Faith, Fertility, and the World's Future 15

Chapter 3 What the Arab Revolutions Mean 27

Chapter 4 Sex, Drugs, and Islam 45

Chapter 5 "They Want to Destroy the Turkish Nation!" 53

Chapter 6 The End of Traditional Muslim Society 73

Chapter 7 The Islamist Response 89

Part 2 Theopolitics

Chapter 8 Civilizational Failure and Suicide 99

Chapter 9 Four Great Extinctions 115

Chapter 10 Islam: The Arabs as Chosen People 137

Chapter 11 How Christianity Died in Europe 157

Chapter 12 Why Some Religion Fails in the Modern World 177

Part 3 Why It Won't Be a Post-American World

Chapter 13 Passing the Acid Test of Modernity 191

Chapter 14 Europe's Ruin and America's Founding 205

Chapter 15 Can American Democracy Be Exported? 229

Chapter 16 The Morality of Self-Interest 249

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 271

Index 289

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How Civilizations Die 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jarlalex on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Not the best-written in the world, but presents a pretty clear demographic fact that many are unwilling to admit - even when they're intellectually aware of it. Put another way, I'd be hesitant to cite this as a principal source in an academic paper, but it would make for a useful discussion point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting theories about birth rates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moutians on eage of Goldclan territory.
Knuckledragger More than 1 year ago
Even thoughs of us who were astute enough to notice that the population curve had reached it's inflection point back in the 1970s and would flatten out well short of armegeddon assumed that population growth rates would remain high in the Islamic world. The spectre of a massive tidal wave of Muslim immigrants engulfing the European countries whose plummeting birth rates had already consigned them to oblivion was alarming. However; the too easily not noticed news that the population bomb is fizzling in the Islamic world obligates policy makers to reevaluate their fundamental assumptions. The fact that the Total Fertility Rates in Muslim countries suddenly decreased precipitously after the September Eleventh attacks suggests that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq might have had some consequences that were either unintended or at least not publicized.
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Sailorman52 More than 1 year ago
How Civilizations Die offers a different perspective that is thought-provoking and well worth a careful reading. One can argue with some of the author's analysis of the data presented, but the data itself is a catalyst for considering the future that we in the West must sooner or later face up to. The facts are sobering, and the earlier we start to act on them, the better . This book sounds a call that should not be ignored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago