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Why Do Societies Give Up?

goshawk Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:15 AM
Perhaps you see optimism in the current conditions. I do not. Yes, "America has resources and knowledge on its side." But as long as Obama and his Communist cohorts have control, the resources will be closed to us.(but open to the foreign countries.) And our vast knowledge will be ignored as they continue their dumbing down of the American people!

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...