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Why Do Societies Give Up?

DavidM Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:05 AM
Low information voters are taking over, the last election is proof of that. Obama is driving the economy into the side of a cliff and people are gleefully going along for the ride. And these same mental lightweights believe it would be worse under the successful businessman Romney....ridiculous I am still waiting for the proof of why he is so smart, I haven't seen it yet. He has the talent of reading a teleprompter and smearing honorable men but that doesn't qualify him as smart in my opinion.
rebmort Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:12 AM
BO is not IQ smart. If he were really smart, we would have access to his grades. But he is obviously street smart. He won.

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...