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Why Do Societies Give Up?

catcaul Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 10:35 PM
the old tale of "averages" 10 people split their $200,000 equitably into $20,000 shares tho, after a period of years and manipulations, the annual $200,000 devolves unto one person and the other 9 recieve nothing..still an average of $20,000 per person tho in actuallity a situation rife for rebelllion..

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...