Oswald Spengler
OSWALD SPENGLER  Macroknow Library

The Decline of the West.

" . . . Goethe's form-fulfilment and Darwin's evolution, are in as complete opposition as destiny to causality . . . "1a

" . . . [T]here is not the slightest trace of evolution towards a race of greater utilitarian 'fitness' . . . [H]uman life-form . . . originates in a sudden mutation (Wandlung) of which the 'whence,' 'how' and 'why' remain an impenetrable secret."1b* DARWIN MILL CARNEGIE

"There is no proletarian, not even a communist, movement that has not operated in the interest of money . . . [E]very Socialist outbreak only blazes new paths for Capitalism."1c

"In the form of democracy, money has won."1d

"Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect."1e JEFFERSON SCHUMPETER

"Politics and trade in developed form -- the art of achieving material successes over an opponent by means of intellectual superiority -- are both a replacement of war by other means."1f CLAUSEWITZ HERZL SARTRE

"In reality, money, like number and law, is a category of thought."1g*

"Thinking in money generates money -- that is the secret of the world economy."1h* DIOGENES MARX HERZL SUZUKI

"The sword is victorious over money, the master-will subdues again the plunderer-will. . . A power can be overthrown only by another power, not by a principle, and only one power that can confront money is left. Money is overthrown and abolished by blood. Life is alpha and omega . . . It is the fact of facts within the world-as-history."1i* OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT HAYEK


* Italics in the original.

1 Oswald Spengler (1880-1936). The Decline of the West. An Abridged Edition by Helmut Werner. English Abridged Edition prepared by Arthur Helps, from the translation by Charles Francis Atkinson. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1991. The Decline of the West was originally published in two volumes: Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Gestalt und Wirklichkeit, 1918, C.H. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandling, Munich; and Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Welthistoriche Perspektiven, 1922, C.H. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandling, Munich.
a Origin and Landscape: The Group of the Higher Cultures, at 231.
b Origin and Landscape: The Group of the Higher Cultures, at 232.
c State and History, at 367; Philosophy of Politics, at 390.
d State and History, at 379.
e Philosophy of Politics, at 396.
f The Form-World of Economic Life: Money, at 402.
g The Form-World of Economic Life: Money, at 404.
h The Form-World of Economic Life: Money, at 408.
i The Form-World of Economic Life: The Machine, at 414.