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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Cepat2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 10:54 AM
Beg to differ. Some blame lies with us voters. Much blame lies with those, who once elected, tailor the rules, laws, and manipulate the levers of government to perpetuate their existence in power. Jerrymandering and incumbency rules are just two shining examples of this. After actively working with/for/against various people from all walks of life in a multitude of election cycles it is my humble opinion that power does corrupt...quickly. I have seen very good hearted and seemingly smart people become stupid and venal once they join the gang of politicians (of all parties). Term limits are the best solution proposed so far.

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...