Bye, Bye Western Civilization. Sorry It Had to End This Way: A COVID-19 Sign-Off From Moscow

So this is how it ends — with a whimper

MOSCOW – Despite the stubborn March cold, heroic young ladies in the Russian capital have already shortened (one might say improved) their skirts by at least 15 centimeters. Surely this should give us all confidence to carry on, even as the pillars of western civilization melt away like the last winter frost. What on earth happened, anyway?

German state media reports that benevolent lockdowns have been imposed across the country, even while conceding that Germans have been extremely well-behaved – the alleged precondition for avoiding the indefinite suspension of basic privileges enjoyed even by their feudal ancestors. Of course, there were still a handful of outrageous acts of insubordination. Bavarian police dutifully sniffed out “isolated incidents of violations” such as “five youths celebrating a birthday party at a construction site”, and – prepare yourself – “a group of three people drinking around a bonfire.” These existential dangers to the German Volk were given “warnings” – for now.

In France you need to print out a certificate from a government website to even show your face in public. Failure to produce the necessary documents permitting you to go outside results in a hefty fine. For now. Being homeless won’t exempt you from this decree, either. Because why should it?

Testimonials from family and friends in the United States – many of them healthy young people terrified of imminent death – have convinced us that it would be unsportsmanlike to finish this sentence candidly.

Fear and mindless acquiescence has gripped the western world, and there’s simply no going back. Cultural, political, spiritual and economic suicide are all around the corner. Maybe even a fun little war.

(The Netherlands might be a notable exception in all this, but would you rather live in Mad Max Massachusetts or Holland? That’s a coin toss.)

We will not bore you with the well-established realities of the COVID-19 “pandemic”: That according to the best available evidence, 99% of cases are minor and require no serious medical treatment of any kind. Or the criminally under-reported fact that an overwhelming percentage of coronavirus-attributed deaths occur in elderly people who were already suffering from non-trivial health issues, or that many of these reported deaths are likely not even due to the virus. Even the BBC had to quietly admit that many coronavirus victims – infirm old people – would have probably died anyway. That’s what infirm old people do best, after all.

Similarly, we can hardly be bothered to relay the huge number of fatalities, from an impressive range of seemingly benign ailments, which occur each and every year like clockwork. Did you know that 1.2 million children die annually from diarrhea? They’re brown or black and definitely poor, of course.

There is simply no need for rational, data-driven analysis at this point. That ship has already sailed. Bon voyage, any semblance of reason. Just make sure you have your documents ready, in case you get boarded by the French coast guard.

Myopic observers might conclude that western civilization was brought to its knees because in our current age of unapologetic self-pity and collective victimhood, it suddenly became really hip to identify as an Italian octogenarian, or a bloated American diabetic. This take is far too sympathetic, even if probably true.

The regrettable truth is that western civilization – please understand we’re using this term in the most general and generous way possible – was dead-on-arrival when COVID-19 came knocking. Europeans and their hapless American offspring are bored, entirely without hope and completely exhausted. You could squeeze all 320 million Americans like lemons and you’d be lucky to find yourself with a shot glass-worth of confidence or vitality. Centuries of artistic and scientific triumphs have been almost entirely erased by modern Europe’s bureaucrat-driven stagnation and apathy – no small accomplishment, all sarcasm aside.

There is bankruptcy at every level. Nothing solid is left to fall back on. Apparently some of you are not even entirely sure if you are male or female. This is not exactly a recipe for longevity, we’re very sorry to say.

Predicting what comes next is easy – just try to imagine the worst possible scenario. Now multiply that by a factor of ten. Your outlook is still too rosy, but optimism is only human.

Some will likely be in partial agreement with us but still might find this internet article to be an irresponsible over-exaggeration. Allow us a closing thought. In his timeless television series ‘Civilisation’, the badly-missed Sir Kenneth Clark meditated on how seemingly indestructible societies fall into ruin and vanish from the earth:

However complex and solid it seems, civilization is actually quite fragile. It can be destroyed. What are its enemies? First of all, fear. Fear of war, fear of invasion, fear of plague. And fear of the supernatural, which means that you don’t question anything or change anything. The late antique world was full of meaningless rituals, mystery religions that destroyed self-confidence. And then, boredom. The feeling of hopelessness, which can overtake people with a high degree of material prosperity.

Clark summed up: “It’s lack of confidence, more than anything else, which destroys a civilization.”

See you on the other side.

Edward Slavsquat is an American in self-exile in Russia who sometimes writes things on the internet

  1. Chrysostom says

    People take up unnecessary time with their copious comments, bordering on excess. I am glad that people like Pres. Putin have taken serious lockdown measures , sealing off ports and air space. The West is as bye bye as any other country, including Russia.

  2. nick1111 says

    Idiot in the WH

  3. David Chu says

    “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little safety, deserve neither and will lose both” — Ben Franklin

    This too-often quoted “founding father” of that great United States would make Brian Epstein and his pedophilia orgies look like a Sunday walk in Central Park! Search online for something called “Hellfire Club” . . .

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  5. CHUCKMAN says

    Be sure also to read the interview above with “German Virologist of International Renown Warns Government Lockdowns Are a Horrible Mistake, Will Make Crisis Worse.”

    Very interesting.

  6. Rowdy-Yates says

    The Christian Greco Roman Western civilization died a while ago. It was replaced by the Jewish Talmudic usury based predatory system. It is that system that is dying. That Talmudic system is the one waging wars against Asian powers. It is now dying.

  7. Stephen Charles Slater says

    Life is a lifelong quest to escape pain and boredom.

    1. pasha says

      Why bother? Isn’t suicide easier?

  8. isaac says

    Interesting entertaining article, very witty and well written. Forgot the prerequisite tho for contributing and/or posting to A-E, even if implied, you must clearly state : “America bad, Russia good. Putin great, Trump sucks,” rinse and repeat ad nauseaum….

    1. pasha says

      Why bother to repeat a truth that anybody with more than two brain cells understands.

    2. Marko Marjanović says

      You’re right, next time I’ll insist Slavsquat has the necessary preface.

      1. Natural_Texan says


    3. marshall lentini says

      Russia also sucks, bigly. Living here, unless you’re in the center of Moscow, is largely just dodging thousands of miserable old people on the sidewalk. Medical care is garbage, bureaucracy is a nightmare, prices are obscenely high, pay is shit, weather is shit, buildings are old, ugly, noisy, smelly and depressing, workers are lazy and irresponsible. Better than America in some ways, but sucks in a dozen other ways. It is an escape from the madness of the west. Otherwise it’s a living nightmare full of wretched Soviet bag-lady zombies and smelly – I mean really smelly – retarded gopniks, but with high-speed internet and a KFC on every corner. This is why nearly every normal Russian you speak to wants to get the fuck out and can’t even believe someone would elect to come here.

  9. CHUCKMAN says

    “However complex and solid it seems, civilization is actually quite fragile. It can be destroyed. What are its enemies? First of all, fear.”


    Recall FDR’s inspiring line from his 1933 inauguration speech, one of the greatest in any modern political speech:

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

  10. cechas vodobenikov says

    censorship reflects a society that has no confidence in itself
    Justice Potter Stewart
    “amerikaan academia is far more effectively censored that was Soviet academia”
    Georgi Derlugian

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