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"The Case Against the Modern World" is a crash course in Traditionalist thought.

Through its pages, ideas and arguments are presented which call into question all of the unconscious dogmas of contemporary society. One by one--from liberty, equality, and free speech to war, sex, and capitalism--none of the prejudices of the 21st century are spared.

Each section (there are 5) is divided into separate arguments, beginning with a thesis--usually a quote from a well-known and reputable source--followed by an elucidation of the thesis.

Sources include Alexis de Tocqueville, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Walt Whitman, C.S. Lewis, and many others.

The only way to think critically about the pressing issues of the day is to break beyond those preconceptions which limit our problem-solving efforts to the status quo. The Case Against the Modern World is an attempt to enable readers to get past the stale impotence of the conventional wisdom.

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5.0 de 5 estrelas ''One has to completely ignore the past in order to worship the future.'' 17 de dezembro de 2016
Por Clay Garner - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Schwindt presents quotations from hundreds of thinkers in a few sentences or paragraph. Then in a page or so, presents his 'elucidation'. Makes for easy grasp of the ideas. Especially since these are counter-cultural. Many from Alexis de Tocqueville, catholic popes, etc.,etc..

Modernity, democracy, individualism, Equality, Liberty, etc., etc., are all explained and analyzed. Where did they start? Why? What is the impact today? For example, nationalism -

''Even what was left of his social awareness became prone to an insecure self-consciousness. Once this happened, the new hyper-sensitivity of one’s separateness was made manifest in what would become nationalism. As the formation of the “national self” occurred, the unity of the Christendom fractured and gave way to “nation-states,” each attempting to satisfy the lust for a social self-consciousness in the collective sphere, a need that previous societies had apparently never felt.''

Note 'lust for self-consciousness of his group' is new. Fascinating!

''Just as the self-conscious man becomes automatically insecure, and therefore combative, in the presence of his peers, so the self-conscious nation becomes suspicious of everyone around it. In this way the seeds of alienation and strife were planted in the soil of the West. They had only to germinate and flourish.''

Another highlight is the role of religion in modernity. - ''But as Cortés observed above, the exclusion of the sacred from public life proved impossible even for those who willed it. Rather than be excluded, the sacred simply migrated to the new secular arenas, and these became the temples of Liberal worship.''

Holidays for politicians replace 'holy days' for saints.

''But first the foundations of a new mythology had to be laid, and then a set of rigid ideologies constructed in order to direct the people in this new way of life. Ideologies like capitalism, socialism, nationalism, etc. These were the new doctrines with new rituals, new dogmas, and new answers to the perennial problems of life, no less demanding than the old, only less satisfying to pilgrim.''

1. Liberalism
2. Democracy
3. Knowledge
4. Church and state
5. Propaganda
6. Odds and Ends

''Today everyone in modern society takes it for granted that he thinks for himself, while nonetheless and without hardly noticing it, he always thinks exactly like the man next to him.''


''Modern man is an island, in a historical sense. Every society born of revolution is an island, and it is an island that floats, like a thin film on the surface of history.''

Old-fashioned is certain proof of worthless. Morality, Goodness, Rightousness, Trust, Honesty, Bible, God, Honor, Reading, etc., etc., all appear silly or - even repulsive.

''It is like small child who chooses not to ask his mother a question because he knows he isn’t going to like the answer. The modern man is just such a figure—the questions every man in history was ready to ask, are by him denied as valid. He wants nothing to do with them.''

Augustine, Aquinas, Grosseteste, Bacon, Newton, Locke, Voltaire, Faraday, Maxwell, Planck, etc., etc., did the heavy lifting that built the road to the present. Who were they? How did they do it? Why? Modernity doesn't know - and doesn't want to know.

'''One has to completely ignore the past in order to worship the future. When Spengler famously wrote that “optimism is cowardice,” it was just this sort of thing that he was describing. He was not so much condemning a “positive attitude” as he was condemning a very specific kind of positive attitude, the one adopted in order to avoid the severe realities of life, because it is only through these realities that courage and honor can be teased out of existence.''

Schwindt has a lot to say. Uses other scholars to help him say it. Provides depth and color to his thought.

Nevertheless, he is so focused on traveling down his road that he misses other travelers. Isaiah Berlin is not mentioned, yet much if his work, especially - ''Four Enemies of Liberty'', compliments Schwindt's thought. However, Berlin's analysis is both deeper and broader. Also, Jacob Talmon's - ''Origins of Totalitarian Democracy'', gives insight. Mark Lilla's - ''The Stillborn God'', confirms many of Schwindt's opinions with a religious explanation.

Also, George Steiner and Albert Jay Nock look at modernity with skepticism. Both are worth reading. One a secular Jew, another a convinced Jeffersonian Libertarian.

Even Lord Acton, a devout Catholic, would add depth and color to this work. His erudite vision, his love of freedom, his appreciation of Christianity, combined into something special.

Schwindt's focus on defending a Roman Catholic viewpoint limits his persuasiveness. He has excellent ideas; however, expanding his awareness to include other scholars would add weight to his argument. And accepting the failures of Christendom as well as its successs, would help.

Malcom Muggerridge in his work - "The End of Christendom'', feels like Schwindt. However, he concludes with the firm conviction that even though Christendom has fallen, because of its manifold sins, Christ and Christianity will arise.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas A good intro. 15 de novembro de 2016
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Great summary of Traditionalist thinking, great for beginners who want to understand Traditionalist philosophy.
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2.0 de 5 estrelas Great content brought down by horrible editing 12 de dezembro de 2016
Por Charles G. - Publicada na Amazon.com
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The book suffers heavily due to:
1) No glossary. While the divisions of the chapters make it easy to find certain ideas by theme, it is impossible to see all the authors, their works, and where they are quoted. For example, if I'm curious about Schwindt's interpretation of Nicolas Gomez Davila I'd have to manually scan the whole book for references.
2) There are numerous editing errors in the book, and not just spelling mistakes. For example, on page 176 "since the collective ... answers to know higher law than the consensus it finds among its members." I imagine he intended "no" instead of "know" here. As the author makes clear at the beginning this is just a personal "intellectual storehouse" that he is making public -- so I can understand errors like this to a degree.

However, what really sinks this great collection to 2 stars is the editing errors in the citations. The book has a truly impressive collection of quotes -- which is arguably more important than the analysis -- and so failing to cite them even remotely correctly is frustrating to read. Consider:

Page 103:
[106] 133
[107] 141. See also aphorism ____ of the same work: "Ideas tyrannize he who has but few."
I'd imagine, based on context, that 133/141 is meant to refer to Davila's 133rd/141th aphorism respectively. However, as far as I can tell they actually are the 859th/916th aphorisms respectively. This is of course ignoring the fact there is an actual placeholder references to another aphorism. (655th for the record) Whether he cites them either by aphorism or page number from some book it should be made clear which it is.

Page 208:
[197] Citation

Page 160:
[166] Seraphim Rose.
This citation on a quote by Seraphim Rose. Where does it come from?

Page 180:
[181] Citation

Page 234:
[203] Mencken source?

Etc. etc.

A majority of the citations are correct, but these are obvious errors that should have been fixed before publishing.

If you can stomach these problems, however, then there is a lot of great information to be learned, and great authors to discover. I'd give the book 4 stars without them.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas A great challenge to our most cherished beliefs. 23 de agosto de 2016
Por Gregory A. Munford - Publicada na Amazon.com
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You may disagree with everything Mr. Schwindt argues for here - which is a good reason to read it. We as Americans take for granted so many of our basic liberal values (such as equality, democracy and individual freedom) that we are totally mystified when 1) much the world doesn't agree and 2) those "values" don't produce the perfect world we assume will result. Mr. Schwindt provides a great, thoughtful, easy to digest contrarian view that just maybe its worth actually understanding - and even questioning - the implications and limitations of the enlightenment perspective that we have inherited. Much of the rest of the world is doing that...and coming to conclusions we are unable to understand or counter. Go to your bookshelf and see if there is a single book that argues powerfully that you are wrong about your most deeply held beliefs. If not, here is a great place to begin your education.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas ... by persuasive arguments and by the authority of the greatest exponents of the the perennial tradition 23 de novembro de 2016
Por Metatron - Publicada na Amazon.com
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A sweeping razor sharp analysis of the modern and post modern age supported by persuasive arguments and by the authority of the greatest exponents of the perennial tradition. A young author that commands attention and respect. A must read.
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