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Oswald Spengler
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    (May 29, 1880-May 8, 1936)
    Born in Blankenburg am Harz, Germany
    Philosopher and historian
    Wrote 'The Decline of the West' (2 vols., 1918-20)
    Put forth a cyclic theory of the rise and fall of civilizations
    He had three middle names (Manuel, Arnold and Gottfried).
    He had a nervous breakdown (1905).
    He declared that Western civilization was already in an irreversible decline.
    He wrote, 'Optimism is cowardice.'
    Because of his support for authoritarianism and a German hegemony in Europe, several Nazis, such as Joseph Goebbels, considered him their intellectual predecessor.
    'Time' wrote of his influence, 'When Oswald Spengler speaks, many a Western Worldling stops to listen.'
    He rejected the Nazi's anti-semitism.
    After a meeting with Hitler, he said that Germany did not need 'a heroic tenor, but a real hero.'
    Shortly before his death, he wrote to a friend, 'The German Reich in ten years will probably no longer exist.' (And the Third Reich would surrender exactly nine years after his death.)

Credit: C. Fishel

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