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Why Do Societies Give Up?

arohling Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 11:22 AM
If you define being racist as being opposed to social programs that lead to generational dependence on Government, then you are right. I guess conservatives are racist. If you mean being racist as being opposed to a system that defines fairness by the number of minorities you employ rather than looking at the quality of character in a person regardless of skin color, then yes conservatives are racist. If you define being racist as requiring the same aptitude for learning in all students regardless of background, gender or color; then yes, conservatives are racist. I plead guilty.

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...