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Democracy/Spengler: in the context of Spengler's political philosophy (see Politics/Spengler) democracy seems less like a concretely definable form of constitution, certainly not as a normative political ideal, but as a form of monetary rule - occurring in a certain phase of Western culture - and ultimately as an expression of the striving for money and property, and within this framework also for political dominance.
In democracy, which according to Spengler consequently occurs at the beginning of the decay of a high culture, a certain form of striving for power manifests itself, represented by a clearly identifiable social standing (the economic bourgeoisie), which strives to snatch power from another social standing (the nobility).
The claim to the rule of money - instead of that of a historical, qua tradition governing social standing - as well as the demand for freedom of the press is only to be understood as one of countless expressions of the will to power rooted in the primordial vitality of humanity, but not as an end in itself.


Hans-Christof Klaus, Oswald Spengler, Der Untergang des Abendlandes (1918/1922) in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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Spengler I
Oswald Spengler
Politische Schriften München 1932

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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