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The Decline of America - History shows that the destruction of affluent societies is often self-induced

The Decline of America
Via nationalreview.com » Submitted On Thu, 02/14/2013 - 7:22pm by Norman Wolfe

Victor Davis Hanson writes on NRO: 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, when 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, cause civilization to implode.

The gradual decline of a society is often a self-induced process of trying to meet ever-expanding appetites rather than a physical inability to produce past levels of food and fuel or to maintain adequate defense. Americans have never had safer workplaces or more sophisticated medical care — and never have so many been on disability.

History has shown that a government’s redistribution of shrinking wealth, in preference to a private sector’s creation of new sources of it, can prove more destructive than even the most deadly enemy.

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AK Patriot. Yeah. The stage was set in 08. Then, the Trojan horse was wheeled in. In the words of Flo the insurance ho, "Surprise".

1 year 6 months ago

Our decline started well before 2008. If the people were moral and vigilant, rather than debased and self-absorbed, then someone like Obama could never have been elected. Same with many members of our Congress.

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1 year 6 months ago

Here here!

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When the moral principles of a country fail, the country will fail. Lincoln said we would be destroyed from within! Open your eyes and see that that is exactly what is happening. We have to rid ourselves of these elitist. It has infected the root of our Nation!

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Published on Dec 11, 2012 Is America too big for democracy? Too big for its traditional republican form? What does it mean if the answer is yes? This video series proposes that the source of our biggest social and political problems is our SIZE.

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"Thou Shalt Not Remove The Ten Commandments."  ACLU loses case!

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