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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Cepat2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 11:08 AM
The highest rate of assault, rape, and illegitimate births in South America. The Brazilian people are wonderful and diverse. Their polyglot population is similar to others in the region...which signifies nothing. Good Lord are you stupid as well as myopically race oriented. It's not about race, Junior, it is culture and values that count.

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...