1932 __ « When will people finally begin to hear and not merely read ? »
‣ Comment : Nineteen thirty-two, then, was to be the year of Spengler's last great effort. In the autumn of that year, Beck bought out a "popular edition" of Spengler's collected political works. The author's preface was a kind of retrospective manifesto. In it he repeated his condemnation of Hitler: what he had said in 1924 held true in 1932 "with undiminished force"; the leader of the national movement, he declared, in his most celebrated anti-Nazi quip, should be a "hero", not a "heroic tenor". Then, after affirming that he had composed his lectures and political tracts "not for the moment but for the future", Spengler concluded : « I see more keenly than others because I do my thinking independently of parties, tendencies, and interests ... I feel lonelier than ever. — not as though I were among the blind, but as though I were with people who have covered their eyes so as not to see the collapse of a house against which they are beating with little hammers ... When will people finally begin to hear and not merely read ? I am waiting. » (Preface to "Politische Schriften"). (H. Stuart Hughes)
‣ Source : Spengler, Oswald (1932), “Politische Schriften”, München 1933, pp. X-XIII.
‣ Source : Hughes, H. Stuart (1952), “Oswald Spengler”, Charles Scribner’ Sons, 1952; and also, Transaction Publishers, 1991, p. 127.
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