David A. Eisenberg is an associate professor of political science at Eureka College. His recent online work can be found at Quillette, Law & Liberty, American Greatness, and The Imaginative Conservative, among other places. His first book, Nietzsche and Tocqueville on the Democratization of Humanity, is forthcoming (Lexington Books, 2022).
To the tomb, all life hastens. But while death is ineluctable, the growing good of the world is not. There is an intrinsic vulnerability to civilization (and parenthood), in large part because the beings who comprise it have the capacity both to sustain and destroy it; to be “the best of the animals when completed” and “the most unholy and … savage” when divorced from virtue.
One need not be a Nietzschean to recognize that something is rotten in the states of America and in the West more broadly. It was Nietzsche’s view that the civilization could not be saved, even if pieces of it could be salvaged.