[Marxism] Spenglerianism from an unlikely quarter

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 2 15:14:16 MST 2006


The empires created in the 20th century, on the other hand, were all of 
comparatively short duration. The Bolsheviks' Soviet Union (1922–91) lasted 
less than 70 years, a meager record indeed, though one not yet equaled by 
the People's Republic of China, established in 1949. Japan's colonial 
empire, which can be dated from the conquest of Taiwan in 1895, lasted 
barely 50. Most ephemeral of all modern empires was the so-called Third 
Reich of Adolf Hitler, which did not extend beyond its predecessor's 
borders before 1938 and had retreated within them by the end of 1944. The 
remaining empires of the West are young by Roman standards. But by the 
standards of modern times, the United States—at 230 years—is quite long in 
the tooth. The day when the Capitol in Washington, D.C., will be reduced to 
a picturesque ruin may seem to us infinitely remote. History—including the 
greatest historian of them all, Edward Gibbon—suggests that it may come 
sooner than we think.

full: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2006/10/empire200610?

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