Whenever I talk about the collapse of Western Civilization slowly occurring around us, I usually focus on economic collapse. Many more traditional, right-wing types, particularly those angry guys in the manosphere, focus instead on the topic of cultural collapse.
These guys usually define cultural collapse as a loss or decay of tradition, art, and relationships. They cite things such as the decline of organized religion, reduced traditional gender roles, increased immigration, increased acceptance of homosexuality, and other aspects that tend to anger traditional conservatives.
I agree that some of those things can contribute to cultural collapse, but I tend to define cultural collapse more broadly, as the increased inability to maintain a civil and functioning society.
Regardless of if you use the conservative’s definition or mine, irrelevant of economic aspects, is Western civilization currently experiencing a slow cultural collapse? The answer, sadly, is yes. Our once great civilization is not only collapsing economically, but culturally as well.
I could write a very long dissertation on this, showing all the data points, but I don’t have that kind of time or interest. Instead, today I’ll just throw out a few random examples, just off the top of my head, that demonstrate that people in Western culture are becoming less and less able to hold together a healthy, functioning society.
Some of these examples will indeed coincide with what the conservatives complain about, though others will not. They all apply, at least in my opinion.
One of the big aspects is crime rates. Violent crime in the USA has been dropping ever since the 1970’s. It’s literally one of the only things about our society, besides technology, that’s been actually improving over the last several decades. However, since around 2011, this trend has started to reverse. Violent crime in both the US and many parts of Europe is now either leveling off or rising. This is the first time in many decades this has happened. And it’s going to get worse.
The recent shooting in Vegas once again brought up the discussion about mass shootings. Left-wingers are complaining that the amount of mass shootings in the US has increased over the years. Are they right? Sadly, yes. The per captia rate of mass shootings in the US has almost quadrupled since the 1970’s. And it will continue to increase.
How people reacted during the Vegas shooting is also instructive. I watched several videos of the event. Many people, while literally being fired upon by a sniper armed with a semi-automatic rifle, were, instead of running, pausing to use their cell phones to film the horror so they could post it on Facebook or YouTube. Many others were running slowly because, and I’m serious now, they didn’t want to spill the beer they had in their hands. And remember, this was a country western concert, so these geniuses were largely right-wingers, not left-wing SJW’s.
And let’s talk about those SJW’s. Regular internet news is flooded with insane SJW bullshit that is at a height of insanity never before seen in the Western world. Check out this video where they talk about the outrage over a fun and harmless video on how to eat Vietnamese noodles (pho). It is, of course, “racist” and “offensive.” They key part of that video is when one of the left-wing commentators actually says something to the effect of, “You can’t make videos like this anymore. I’m not sure if this is moving forward as a society or backwards, but you can’t make videos like this anymore.”
So even some of those on the extreme left admit that this level of political correctness is actually moving backwards as a culture and a society. Which, of course, it is.
This is not a left/right issue though. This is a Western collapse issue, and both sides, hell, all sides are at fault. As I’ve shown many times, the right-wing has also lost it’s mind, voting in a guy who has been a Democrat for decades just because he said he would build a wall. I’m keeping track of all the promises Tantrum Trump has broken to his voters, and I will be presenting that list in December, as an analysis of his first year in office. It’s brutal.
And there’s that minor part about white nationalists marching in the streets and murdering people along with left-wing psycho antifa communists. Cultural collapse.
What about music and art? There have been several analyses of music today as compared to music decades ago, including this one. It’s quite obvious that, objectively speaking, music today is mathematically simpler in terms of notes and tones, and the lyrics are dumber and simpler.
Movies have also suffered. Take a look at the quality of movies in the last few years, then read this article I posted a few weeks ago about the movies released in just 1982 alone. Prepare to be absolutely staggered at the difference in quality. I was.
The counterargument to this is that television shows have become much better in recent years. This is true… but only for the top tier of shows. The vast, vast majority of today’s television is a vast wasteland of stupidity and political correctness. (TV has always been stupid, but the political correctness is new, so now you have both.) For every one of Game of Thrones or True Detective there are at least twenty shows like New Girl or The Kardashians. Focusing on the top 2% of TV shows is skewing what’s really happening.
At my other blog I talk a lot about rising divorce rates (now at all time historic highs), rising infidelity rates (now at all time historic highs), rising marriage dissatisfaction among people who don’t get divorced (now at all time historic highs). While I have my own opinions regarding marriage and monogamy, the right-wing is correct in saying that these are all extremely harmful trends for our culture. Long-term monogamy may not be how humans are designed, but long-term pair-bonding and the raising of kids are indeed good things, at least for a thriving culture. These things are going away in the West. In some ways, they’re already gone
Decreasing birth rates are also a strong indication. Birth rates in the USA are at all time lows, and nowhere near enough to sustain a population[*]. Europe’s birth rates are even worse, and Europe is dying right before our very eyes[*], as I’ve noted many times before. Declining birth rates are horrible for a culture, and yet another sign of cultural collapse.
Yes, governments can and will try to overcome this problem by importing massive amounts of third-world immigrants. Heh. You can decide if that’s good for a culture or bad.
As I said, I could go on and on with more examples. The West is absolutely fucked economically long-term, but even if it wasn’t, culturally it’s headed for collapse anyway.
And as always, you can profit from this and/or prepare for this, or scream your head off in anger about how bad it is. The choice is yours.