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Butler Shaffer ☆ 9 Download The Wizards of Ozymandias Download ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub Acter As we are learning from the advanced course in history in which we seem now to be enrolled this precariousness also applies to civilizations It is difficult for intelligent minds to doubt that this current system is in the process of joining Ozymandias in the dust bin of historyWestern culture has produced material and spiritual values that have done so much to humanize and civilize mankind Unfortunately it has also produced highly structured institutions and practices that not only impede but reverse these life enhancing ualities Is it possible for us to energize our intelligence in order to rediscover in the debris of our dying civilization the reuisite components for a fundamentally transformed culture grounded in free peaceful and productive systems that sustain rather than diminish lifeIn the introduction Shaffer describes how civilizations are created by individuals In following chapters he explains how they are destroyed by collectives which are good for little than the destruction of what others have created Seen in the sharp contrasts between market economies and state socialism; the fundamental struggles are between the creative energies unleashed by liberty and the repressive forces of politics Shaffe.
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Butler Shaffer ☆ 9 Download The Wizards of Ozymandias Download ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub R explores the impact that institutionalism may have on the decline of civilization Shaffer methodically takes the reader through the rise and decline of Western civilization using references that range from the construction of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center to the BP disaster to the 1951 motion picture The Day the Earth Stood Stilland on to experiments in removing road signs and traffic lightsWhat is likely to follow from this imminent “decline and fall” Might the remnants of our terminal culture like an estate beueathed us by a rich benefactor provide the foundations for a fundamentally transformed culture; one that does not cannibalize itselfCan conditions of peace and liberty replace the wars coercive regulation and worship of violence that have combined to destroy our present civilization The book ends with such uestions and invites the reader to contemplate how such a life centered culture might arise If after reading this book you are not convinced that the fall of western civilization is upon us don't grieve just yet Shaffer is optimistic that such a collapse could be the turning point for a social transformation toward a society that embraces individ.Butler Shaffer ☆ 9 Download
Butler Shaffer ☆ 9 Download The Wizards of Ozymandias Download ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub Western Civilization the American version in particular is in a very turbulent and perhaps terminal condition The sense of civility that helps give meaning to a civilization is in full retreatButler Shaffer has over the course of several years written 51 wonderful essays observing the dissolution of Western culture and civilization They have been assembled in the The Wizards of Ozymandias a captivating work full of entertaining epigrams and anecdotes as well as enlightening commentary on current events and historical episodes that will keep you engaged and immersed from the first to last page Shaffer's intellectual prowess and deep well of life experience enlightens and rouses introspection at every turn It is immediately evident that the author has been writing on law economics and history for decades This book will challenge you to deeply contemplate the ideals of liberty The title may be foreboding but for all that the book is an uplifting and gratifying read In his great poem Ozymandias Percy Shelley pictures for us the eponymous tyrant whose arrogance of power could not save him from historical oblivion Ozymandias is a reminder of the fragile nature of every system be it biological institutional or cosmic in char.
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