“THe Fate of Empires”

Sir John Glubb served Royal Engineers during WW1 and would go onto command Jordan Arab Legion in the Middle East. During his distinguished career, he would be exposed to a wide variety of historical perspectives that would help him break free of the Eurocentric view of the world and write a broad thesis on the rise and fall of empires (1-2hr read) published in 1976. In this work, he postulates that most “empires” suffer the same life-cycle and ten to last an average of 250 years (10 generations) before they decline.

The stages are roughly as follows:

  • The Age of Pioneers
  • The Age of Conquest
  • The Age of Commerce
  • The Age of Affluence
  • The Age of Intellect
  • The Age of Decadence
    • Defensiveness
    • Pessimism
    • Materialism
    • Frivolity
    • An influx of foreigners
    • The Welfare States
    • A weakening of religion

Anyone who reads this list should should be somewhat concerned about the future of the western world. More concerning, are the “intellectuals” who understand Glubb’s message, but draw their own conclusions about how to “fix” it. Ultimately, The Age of Decadence is marked by the effects of unchecked liberalism, moral decay, and the swelling of government bureaucracy that destroys civilizations.