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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Repnextdoor Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 11:35 AM
Vouchers are just part of the entitlement. You are a socialist. Pay for your kids tuition. If you can't pay, don't have kids. Don't exect the government to support your kids and their eduction. Close the socialist public schools.... nothing more than government daycare. It is just that disgusting that people are socialists without realizing it.

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...