(published in two parts in honor of Eliot's birthday)
"World War I brought to a climax a cultural crisis in Western Civilization that had been proceeding for centuries, when, in the Spenglerian sense, Money overwhelmed Tradition, or, to resort even to Karl Marx, the bourgeoisie supplanted the aristocracy. Industrialization accentuated the process of commercialization, with its concomitant urbanization and the disruption of organic bonds and social cohesion, which has thrown societies into a state of perpetual flux, with culture reflecting that condition.
This was–and is–a problem of the primacy of Capital. If Marxism is the most well-known supposed opponent of Capital, to which many of the literati turned, especially in the aftermath of the Great War, others who turned to the Right rejected capitalism not only on the basis of economics, but more importantly, in a transcendent sense, by rejecting the Zeitgeist of Capital of which Marxism was merely a reflection rather than an alternative. Among these was T. S. Eliot, one of the most influential luminaries of contemporary English literature."