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Author Douthat, Ross Gregory, 1979-
Title The decadent society : how we became the victims of our own success / Ross Douthat.
Imprint New York : Avid Reader Press, 2020.
©2020
Edition First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.

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Author Douthat, Ross Gregory, 1979-
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 21st century.
Popular culture -- History -- 21st century.
Description x, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Occupation/field of activity group: occ Journalists lcdgt
National/regional group: nat Connecticut residents lcdgt
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Edition First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
Note Includes index.
Contents Introduction: The closing of the frontier -- The Four Horsemen. Stagnation ; Sterility ; Sclerosis ; Repetition -- Sustainable decadence. Comfortably numb ; A kindly despotism ; Waiting for the barbarians ; Giving decadence its due -- The deaths of decadence. Catastrophe ; Renaissance ; Providence.
Summary The best-selling author of Bad Religion presents a compelling portrait of how the superficial turbulence of today's world has become defined by economic stagnation, political stalemates, demographic decline and cultural exhaustion. --Publisher
Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality-television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing - how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of "sustainable decadence," a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think. Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television - a new Star Wars sage, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel - to the escapism we're furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today's discontents and derangements reflect of sense of futility and disappointment - a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave. In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it - because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens. Correcting both optimists who insist that we're just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition - how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end. -- From dust jacket.
ISBN 1476785244 (hardback)
9781476785240 (hardback)
OCLC # 1105954024


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