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Five Lessons America Can Learn From The Failures Of Other Nation-States

tharrison Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 3:36 PM
1. Economists thought the Soviet Union had a superior economy? With their shortages? A joke in Russia was that if you saw a queue, you got in line and asked what it was for afterwards. The only economists who thought the Soviet Union had a superior economy were Soviet economists. By the late 70's, the Soviet Union was moribund and on the verge of collapse. Then Reagan got elected and started poking it with a sharp stick. He really got them roused up with his infamous crack about outlawing the Soviet Union. Their last show of strength was fueled by fear and adrenaline. Reagan didn't cause the Soviet Union to collapse; he delayed it.

As Ronald Reagan noted,

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

That's true of freedom, but it's also true of values, wealth, power, and influence. There's absolutely no guarantee that future generations of Americans will grow up in a...