This excellent article by Joakim Book points out that comparisons of the present to ‘Brave New World’ and ‘1984’ are probably less pertinent than comparisons with the non-fictional fin de siecle of Vienna.
It should also be pointed out that Vienna never recovered – the Habsburg Empire collapsed and Austria dwindled into permanent mediocrity. Civilizations never do recover. Egypt, Mali, Greece, Rome, England – once the rot sets it seems that it cannot be arrested. The decline is permanent.
Vale Western Civilization.
Always in the memories of the educated and civilized.
Read it all HERE.