Did Western Civilization Survive the 20th Century?

Taking the long view, and finding reassurance, at the end of the millenium.

Issue: Winter 1999-2000

The very fact that the question posed above might reasonably be asked is in itself alarming, though it should not be. The West, in its various incarnations, has feared the end of its own civilization almost from the beginning. We do ourselves and our civilization a great disservice if we imagine ourselves the unhappiest of souls at the unhappiest of times, or as the last bearers of the Western torch.

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