The Slippery Slope


#1

https://unherd.com/2021/11/this-is-how-civilisations-collapse/


#2

The Streeck book is quite good. But as he’s a German anti-racist, far Leftie he

  • refers to “Goldman Sachs” a lot (when it’s clear from all the names popping up what he really should be saying, but he thinks about that for a few sentences and decides “No THEY can’t be to blame”)

  • you can tell he can see that mass migration has been and will be a disaster for Europe socially as well as the welfare state. But he can’t say it outright and just makes reference to Thilo Sarrazin’s book about Germany abolishing itself

  • Like all far lefties he’s so perplexed why Europeans would be attached to Nationalism and Christianity he can never see how they fit in. It fatally weakens every analysis he makes.


#3

Its always fun reading articles drawing profound analogies from history written by people who dont seem to know much actual history.

The western margins of the Roman Empire were overrun in the fourth and fifth centuries AD but as the capital was in Constantinople this was not such a big deal for the Empire as a whole. Which sailed on majestically until the catastrophe of the Fourth Crusade almost 800 years later. Large parts of the lost western margins were reconquered in the 6’th century but mostly lost when the Romani in Constantinople were busy with more important things. Like losing Egypt and big chunk of the eastern margins to the Muslims in the 7’th century and the rise of the Bulgars.

And the Bronze Age trade collapse was due to the arrival of the Iron Age. Bronze was dependent on copper and tin which had very limited geographic occurrence. So you had to trade to get the raw materials. Which is where the very sophisticated Bronze Age trading networks came from. Iron on the other hand was very widely distributed, like bog iron, so not much trade needed to support the Iron Age economy. But raiding and pillaging was now a very lucrative career path for a tribe on the make.

So had nothing to do with Santorini blowing its top in the 16’th century BC. Although that did put a crimp in some local civilizations in the eastern Mediterranean at the time.

As for more recent times. It sounds just like a rehash of stuff that has been written incessantly since at least the early 18’th century. Things change and the world the author grew up is not the normal situation. Or even a “Golden Age”, now lost.