Marquis de Custine was a French nobleman and writer best known for his critique of Russia which he visited in search of a better social and political order. Sadly, his descriptions of Czarist Russia now seem to describe much of the Western World:
Officially, such brutal tyranny is called respect for unity and love of order; and this bitter fruit of despotism appears so precious to the methodical mind that you are told it cannot be purchased at too high a price.
The people and its ruler are in harmony here. [They] . . . make themselves witnesses, accomplices and victims in these prodigies of willpower and would not repudiate them even to resurrect all the slaves whose lives are forfeited as a result.
We are in the Autumn of Western Civilization.