As America’s economy shrinks, our schools become less effective, and our political system ties itself in knots; our society unravels.
Men live about 80 years. Then we die. We take our memories with us. If the dead have taught their descendents well, those descendents have some knowledge of what does not work. They do not repeat the same mistakes those now dead once remembered.
Were we taught well? 1929 saw the beginnings of the Great Depression. 2008, 79 years later, saw the beginnings of the Great Recession. It is 2011, and we see no recovery in sight.
Ten years after the start of the Great Depression, World War II began. The great democracies, their economies in shambles, left a power vacuum. Tyrants filled that vacuum with the ravages of war.
Nature abhors a vacuum. — Aristotle (from here)