What is the Postmodern Agenda? An Introduction

  • Ellen Meiksins Wood
Keywords: Marxism


During the First World War, Oswald Spengler wrote his famous and distasteful book, The Decline of the West, proclaiming that Western civilization and its dominant values were coming to an end. The bonds and traditions that had held society together were decomposing, the solidarities of life disintegrating, together with the unity of thought and culture. Like every other civilization which had gone through its natural cycle, he argued, the West had inevitably passed from its autumn of (an already destructive) "illumination" or "enlightenment" to a winter of individualism and cultural nihilism.