Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

The title of the satirical Decline and Fall [1928] by Evelyn Waugh tapped into a long literary tradition dating back to Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [1776].

Decline and Fall is a novel by the English author Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1928.

It is a social satire that employs the author’s characteristic black humour in lampooning various features of British society in the 1920s.

The novel’s title is a contraction of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

The title alludes also to the German philosopher Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West (1918–1922), which first appeared in an English translation in 1926 and which argued, among other things, that the rise of nations and cultures is inevitably followed by their eclipse.

In the 21st century the Decline and Fall satire plays out across the internet.

That the unelected president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude “If it gets serious you have to lie” Juncker, has a problem with alcohol is well-known.

At the time of his nomination in 2014, the Financial Times joked that the “booze has always been a subject of Brussels gossip.

He has proved his ability to sit through all-night Brussels haggling sessions, fortified by brandy and cigarettes.

Perhaps the next EU President could have one of those slogans on the office wall – ‘You don’t have to be drunk to work here, but it helps.”

The footage showing Juncker’s unorthodox diplomacy was shot during the EU-Eastern Partnership summit, which was held on May 21-22, 2015 in Latvia.

While it was posted last year, it has been rapidly gathering views and media coverage in the past few days.

Standing in front of the cameras alongside fellow EU official Donald Tusk, who heads the European Council, and the host nation’s prime minister, Laimdota Straujuma, Juncker made a number of friendly gestures which may seem too frivolous for the occasion.

Video Re-emerges Of Drunk EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker Slapping, Kissing EU Leaders

With the most ironically perfect timing this week, President Obama “umm’d”, “ahh’d”, and “if’d” in a stuttering mess during his veiled denunciation of Donald Trump stump speech for Hillary Clinton, when horror of all horrors – his teleprompter froze…

Enjoy what could be the strangest public appearance yet for President Obama…

Caught On Tape: The Day The Teleprompter Died…

And the satire morphs into the surreal savagery of the Empire of Chaos

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