Category Archives: Civilization

Hidden Perils of Western Civilization

Perhaps, if the facts could be ascertained, it would be found that something of the same kind occurred in the Roman Empire. The decay of energy and intelligence during the second, third, and fourth centuries of our era has always … Continue reading

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The Most Important Error of Marxism: It Ignores Intelligence As a Cause

The most important error in his theory, to my mind, is that it ignores intelligence as a cause. Men and apes, in the same environment, have different methods of securing food: men practice agriculture, not because of some extra-human dialectic … Continue reading

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1965: Purged by misfortune and saved by their own heroism, they deserve success. May it be theirs!

Quoter’s note: That is from Russell’s foreword for the second edition of the Problem of China. Plas Penrhyn, 9 November, 1965 This is the only place I have seen an exclamation point in Russell’s writings. Russell’s first love was England; … Continue reading

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On Chinese Ideograms: Source of Stagation

*Quoter’s note: Russell was unduly polite at this point. Substitute immutability for solidity, stagnant water for seas and oceans, one should see Russell’s point plain and simple. As everyone knows, the Chinese do not have letters, as we do, but … Continue reading

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“The callousness of the Chinese is bound to strike every Anglo-Saxon.”

They have none of that humanitarian impulse which leads us to devote one per cent of our energy to mitigating the evils wrought by the other ninety-nine per cent. For instance, we have been forbidding the Austrians to join with … Continue reading

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Civilization and Bacchic Rebellion

The civilized man is distinguished from the savage mainly by prudence, or, to use a slightly wider term, forethought. He is willing to endure present pains for the sake of future pleasure, even if the future pleasures are rather distant. … Continue reading

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