Interesting! Spengler, who's been a columnist at Asia Times since 1999, starts work as associate editor and writer at First Things, a Catholic journal about religion, culture and public life. His name is David P. Goldman and he's Jewish. His coming-out story is here. Excerpts from his latest column:
"....The end of the old ethnicities, I believed, would dominate the cultural and strategic agenda of the next several decades. Great countries were failing of their will to live, and it was easy to imagine a world in which Japanese, German, Italian and Russian would turn into dying languages only a century hence. Modernity taxed the Muslim world even more severely, although the results sometimes were less obvious."
"Why raise these issues under a pseudonym? There is a simple answer, and a less simple one. To inform a culture that it is going to die does not necessarily win friends, and what I needed to say would be hurtful to many readers. I needed to tell the Europeans that their post-national, secular dystopia was a death-trap whence no-one would get out alive."
"I needed to tell the Muslims that nothing would alleviate the unbearable sense of humiliation and loss that globalization inflicted on a civilization that once had pretensions to world dominance. I needed to tell Asians that materialism leads only to despair. And I needed to tell the Americans that their smugness would be their undoing. "
"...Europe's high culture and its capacity to train universal minds had deteriorated beyond repair; one of the last truly universal European minds belongs to the octogenarian Pope Benedict XVI. In 1996, the then had said in an interview published as Das Salz der Erde, 'Perhaps we have to abandon the idea of the popular Church. Possibly, we stand before a new epoch of Church history with quite different conditions, in which Christianity will stand under the sign of the mustard seed, in small and apparently insignificant groups, which nonetheless oppose evil intensively and bring the Good into the world.' The best mind in the Catholic Church squarely considered the possibility that Christianity itself might shrink into seeming insignificance."
Sends chills up my spine, that notion. Forget the Cafeteria Catholics that pick and choose which teachings of the Catholic Church they feel like believing and obeying. Let's get back to basics and if that's a small tribe that keeps the light burning, so be it.
The Anchoress also started writing for First Things. Congrats and God speed! Guess I have to get myself a subscription now.