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Reflections on the Supremacy of the West:
A Critique of Ricardo Duchesne & Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

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In 2011 there appeared two major scholarly works that attempted to investigate the sources of Western supremacy in the modern world, especially in view of the recent rise of China as a potential threat to this supremacy. These are the Puerto Rican-Canadian social historian Ricardo Duchesne’s The Uniqueness of Western Civilization[1] and the British economic historian Niall Ferguson’s Civilization: The West and the Rest.[2] Read more …

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A Conversation with Ricardo Duchesne, Part 3

Plato’s allegory of the cave

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Part 3 of 3 (Part 1 here, Part 2 here)

Grégoire Canlorbe: It is not uncommon to claim the self-assertive longing for “prestige,” “respect,” and “fame” is fully intelligible within the framework of the selfish-gene theory, Read more …

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A Conversation with Ricardo Duchesne, Part 2

An idol of the Celtic god of thunder, Taranis, a common deity in the Indo-European pantheons

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Part 2 of 3 (Part 1 here, Part 3 here)

Grégoire Canlorbe: Western civilization, originating from the Indo-European heroic ethos, turned out to be both the most creative and Faustian civilization and the most war-ridden and war-dominated one. Islamic civilization has been equally militaristic and expansionist; yet it quickly became frozen and hostile towards innovation and individual genius, despite the fact that praising Muhammad’s heroic lifetime has permeated Islamic societies to this day. How do you explain this duality?

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A Conversation with Ricardo Duchesne, Part 1

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Part 1 of 3 (Part 2 here)

Grégoire Canlorbe: In your eyes, the European civilization of the white man has been systemically downsized by contemporary world historians – to name but a few, Patrick O’Brien, Sebastian Conrad, or Ian Morris. Could you develop?

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Plato & Indo-European Tripartition

Plato, detail of Raphael’s “The School of Athens,” 1509–1510

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Translated by Greg Johnson

In 1938, Georges Dumézil discovered, the existence of a veritable Indo-European “ideology,” a specific mental structure manifesting a common conception of the world. He writes:

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