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Why Do Societies Give Up?

OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 10:24 AM
The consequence is Congress and state legislatures filled with those 'representatives' put into office by dysfunctions to whom they pander making ever more promises to then later get reelected. Again... eneabling and allowing those on well-fair and food stamps to vote while on the dole requires ............................ "REFORM" ................... this dis-enabling their abuse of the election process. No income --- No payment of federal and state taxes -- NO VOTE

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...