The Decadent Society: How we became the victims of our own success


In The Decadent Society, Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times, presents a grand, overarching critique of western civilisation. He asserts that we are “aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer optimistic about the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we await some saving innovation or revelation, burrowing into cocoons from which no chrysalis is likely to emerge, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens.”