Discussions starters for Spengler Part III 1. Is it true that only a state with specific classes is a true state? What is the importance of such classes? Why must a minority (or an upper class) rule the majority (or the lower classes) according to Spengler? 2. After the French Revolution, France disappeared from European politics. Must all countries do the same after such a revolution? (pg 363) 3. Rationalism is the enemy of tradition, but which of the two is the one responsible for decline? 4. Minority (1st and 2nd estates) rule countries, but the 3rd estate revolts and often gains control/influence in a country's affairs. So which of the two groups is really in control Spengler talks very highly of the strength of leaders even if the governments are not ideal. Do you think his tone would change if he wrote after Hitler Stalin and Mao? What can we tell from Spengler’s word choice in defining “that kind of government which,
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2009 for the course CLASS 134 taught by Professor Jeffreyrusten during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.