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September 28, 2004

Who is Spengler?

No, I'm not talking about Oswald Spengler, the great declinist, cyclical history theorist, and, most famously, the author of The Decline of the West. He's a pretty neat read, if you're into that sort of thing, and I absolutely love his concept of Western Civilization as a "Faustian" culture. Other than that, he's sort of a crank, and not much of what he says should be taken too seriously.

Who I'm talking about the author of a great many articles and Q&As over at the Asia Times website who writes under the pseudonym "Spengler." He's very interesting and I have read everything that he has written and posted on the Asia Times website. He isn't exactly "Spenglerian" in his outlook, although he has obviously read him and been influenced by him.

Some have said that they believe he is Henry Kissinger (an absurd idea, especially if one compares Kissinger's writings and ideas to those of "Spengler"). Nobody really knows who he is, though.

Care to take a guess?

Posted by Arcane at 06:10 PM