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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Quintus_T_Cicero Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 7:17 AM
And your gibberish is here right now.
Rick2477 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 7:21 AM
Swished??????????????????? I don't think so. As Quintus points out, your point, has no point. Like: what is the sound of one hand clapping?

Go back to playing with your private parts and thinking of The One.

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...