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Why Do Societies Give Up?

buster33 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 12:41 AM
Sometimes you just get lucky. Decide to peak at TH. Cannot wait to assign this to my econ students.
NewJAl Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 1:12 AM
Peek. Certainly an article that any economy student should see. Your students are lucky to have such an aware instructor.
jmg11 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 1:55 AM
The article. Don't you see that's what they are referring to?
Corndog2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 6:14 AM
Amil,

Lighten up on buster33.
In today's society, we're lucky to find a college class that can read at this level.
Bob319 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 7:54 AM
concur --- college today isn't what it used to be. Read somewhere recently of a study that measures critical thinking skills. They have been going down steadily for the last 3 decades. The goal of a college education used to be the ability to think, somehow we lost that along the way to equality.

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...