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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Chester1776 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 12:18 PM
The disparity is occurring because we are evolving to a brain economy from a braun economy, as well as international competition. High blue collar wages for the uneducated don't fly anymore. Our educational system bears much of the blame.

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...