How Civilizations Die, by David P. Goldman.

Oswald Spengler

Oswald Spengler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I already reviewed this on Goodreads, but wanted to give a more philosophical view here.

First of all, the author of How Civilizations Die, David P. Goldman,  writes about the German philosopher Oswald Spengler.  So having read Spengler is a prerequisite.  (I sound like a college course catalog now).

OK, well how DO civilizations die?  Besides being wiped out, lack of human reproduction.

Mr. Goldman’s examples led me to conclude two things:

1.  Religious people=higher birth rate.

2.  Literate women=lower birth rate.

I don’t think Mr. Goldman was preaching for women to be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen, nor am I.  This was just what I concluded when I broke the book down.


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3 Responses to How Civilizations Die, by David P. Goldman.

  1. Hence reality TV – Duggers, etc.

    Of course we have a tax code and could incent people to have children by deductions and/ or providing free education (thru college).

    Or we allow religious people to immigrate since they have large families.

  2. Pingback: Philosophy and the Civil War. | I am an Author, I Must Auth

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