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Communism, Crime and the Republican Eclipse

BK24 Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 10:30 AM
This article is not so much a criticism of the Republian Party as a criticism of the American people. Basically, Mr. Chapman is saying that the American people were just waiting for the external threat of expansionist communism to crumble so they could get down to the business of voting themselves goodies, free goodies, more goodies from the various levels of government. And, naturally, they began voting for the party devoted to serving such desires. Actually, maybe it's not a criticism of the American people. Maybe it's just an observation on human nature.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 12:17 PM
It is an observation of human nature. Prosperity brings complacency. You needn't use the loaded language "goodies, free goodies, more goodies," but you are making an accurate observation.

The biggest challenge facing human beings is how to survive prosperity and elevate society to the next level of peace and individual liberty without following all the "empires" into the trash heap.
BK24 Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 1:06 PM
Has it ever been done? Aside from the the general observation that all things pass away, is it truly impossible for a human society to maintain its vitality without war or threat of war? Is peace poison?

If you're a football fan, you've seen it happen. A coach bursts into prominence by using offensive or defensive innovations to produce victory after victory, championship after championship. For a long time, he's regarded as one of the best. And then, something happens.

First it's an upset loss here and there. Then it's a decline to mere respectability or mediocrity. The coach fires assistants, widens his search for players and tries new schemes. But nothing helps. Soon, the onetime genius is a has-been, out of ideas and out of work.

But it doesn't happen only in football. It also happens...