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Why Do Societies Give Up?

AZhot Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 2:07 PM
We have been living off our fat for quite some time now. The fat, ie other people's money and productivity, is gone. The end product of Marxism/Socialism is abject misery for all except a privileged few. This cycle is an ongoing fatal flaw in human existence as it has occurred time and again throughout history.
eddie again Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:38 PM
materialism is as fatal to a stable and prosperous society as is marxism.

Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline?

Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, as historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure -- and who gets the most of both -- more often than poverty and exhaustion implode civilization.

One recurring theme seems consistent in Athenian literature on the eve of the city's takeover...