Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It Is Now The Vulgar Mob That Gives The Tone

For the Age has itself become vulgar, and most people have no idea to what extent they are themselves tainted. The bad manners of all parliaments, the general tendency to connive at a rather shady business transaction if it promises to bring in money without work, jazz and Negro dances as the spiritual outlet in all circles of society, women painted like prostitutes, the efforts of writers to win popularity by ridiculing in their novels and plays the correctness of well-bred people, and the bad taste shown even by the nobility and old princely families in throwing off every kind of social restraint and time-honored custom: all of these go to prove that it is now the vulgar mob that gives the tone.

Oswald Spengler, in “The Hour Of Decision” (1933)


  1. Mr. Spengler would never have imagined the extent of "maturity" of the tone of the vulgar mob in the "correctness" of today, eighty years later.

    Thank goodness I survived another contemporary Christmas: I will abide (for now) the "I Hate Ugly People" hillbilly T-shirt I received in my stocking, along with the pink Duck Dynasty Princess baseball cap - all because the dreaded "Chia David" never showed up this year! Thank God.

    Alas, there is always next year.

    Happy New Year to you and Andrew.

  2. This year, once again, I wanted a Kaiser Wilhelm nut dish for Christmas, but no one gave me one. Maybe next year . . .

    I’m glad you survived your holidays, and I hope you managed to have a little fun.

    Get 2014 off to a good start!

  3. Are you still angry with me also?