We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
His perspective on cultural history is so wide as to view history as a series of births, flowering, decay and finally decadence. “When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent. The term is not a slur; it is a technical label. A decadent culture offers opportunity mainly to the satirist…”4 which describes our time perfectly. But just as in the natural world, the cultural world holds the seeds of rebirth within.
Dawn to Decadence is definitely worth the read to me. I particularly enjoyed his justification for using man to refer to mankind or a person without referencing gender. His "digression on a word" in the above book was elegant and logical, two qualities frequently lacking in PC America. Quite an accomplished man.
"Dawn to Decadence" is the only book by him I've read; I've been meaning to read more.
Frustratingly, many of my Democrat friends fit his technical definition of "decadent" - they keep voting D even when they acknowledge many (most, these days) D policies are futile and / or achieve the absurd. They don't think anything can be done and they won't vote for any kind of conservative.