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Apr 29

Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow-Motion Suicide

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The grandeur of Europe is weakening in the 21st Century. Crippled by sluggish economic growth, high unemployment, an addiction to expensive social welfare entitlements, and a dwindling birth-rate among native Europeans, it seems unlikely that Europe can rejuvenate its vibrant heritage. At its root, Europe has rejected the Christian tradition that helped create the most cherished ideals of the West. In the 20th Century, this abandonment produced a list of ideological diseases: scientism, fascism, communism, and sheer hedonism. Can Europe overcome this obstacle? More importantly, is the United States on the same path? What can be done?

Bruce Thornton, Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University, Fresno, is also a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and recipient of the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship. He is the author of seven books in addition to Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow-Motion Suicide; and his numerous essays and reviews have appeared in both scholarly journals and magazines such as The New Criterion, Commentary, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Claremont Review of Books. Dr. Thornton has lectured at many colleges and universities as well as such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Army War College, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His forthcoming book, The Anatomy of Appeasement: From Ancient Greece to the War on Terror, is due to be released later this year.

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Bruce Thornton
Professor of Classics and Humanities,
California State University, Fresno

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