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The decadent society : how we became the victims of our own success

Title
The decadent society : how we became the victims of our own success / Ross Douthat.
ISBN
1476785244
9781476785240
Edition
First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
Publication
New York : Avid Reader Press, [2020]
Copyright Notice Date
©2020.
Physical Description
x, 258 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes index.
Summary
The best-selling author of Bad Religion presents a compelling portrait of how the superficial turbulence of today's world has become defined by economic stagnation, political stalemates, demographic decline and cultural exhaustion. --Publisher.
When a rich and powerful society ceases advancing-- a combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline-- it creates a strange kind of "sustainable decadence." It reflects a sense of futility and disappointment-- a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave. Douthat shows how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end. -- adapted from jacket.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 27, 2020
Contents
Introduction: The closing of the frontier
The Four Horsemen. Stagnation ; Sterility ; Sclerosis ; Repetition
Sustainable decadence. Comfortably numb ; A kindly despotism ; Waiting for the barbarians ; Giving decadence its due
The deaths of decadence. Catastrophe ; Renaissance ; Providence.
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