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  •  What you call them cowards? They are successful! (0+ / 0-)

    look at how much money Congresscritters make after they leave congress!

    this is a society of shoppers and wealthy shoppers can put even more money into the great market place!

    we need to double down on our culture!

    terrible people like the social historian Morris Berman blames the American People and our culture. Shame on him.

    Why America Failed shows how, from its birth as a nation of "hustlers" to its collapse as an empire, the tools of the country's expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise
    Why America Failed is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman's trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal factors of that decline, showing that they were identical to those of Rome in its late-empire phase. In Dark Ages America, he explored the external factors—e.g., the fact that both empires were ultimately attacked from the outside—and the relationship between the events of 9/11 and the history of U.S. foreign policy.
    In his most ambitious work to date, Berman looks at the "why" of it all
    Probes America's commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise stretching back to the late sixteenth century, and shows how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, rendered any alternative marginal to American history
    Maintains, more than anything else, that this one-sided vision of the country's purpose finally did our nation in
    Why America Failed is a controversial work, one that will shock, anger, and transform its readers. The book is a stimulating and provocative explanation of how we managed to wind up in our current situation: economically weak, politically passe, socially divided, and culturally adrift. It is a tour de force, a powerful conclusion to Berman's study of American imperial decline.
    •  Look at how many flies the cattle attract. (1+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest

      I am not going to be shocked by an observation that the U.S. has failed. Failure is the familiar of the status quo people. Success is risky. The risk-averse prefer failure. Failure prevents market saturation and provides a prompt to "try and try again." Failure is a prescription for longevity.
      Did not Jesus die so he would be remembered (live on in people's minds) forever?

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:43:12 AM PDT

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        from your comment above about Obama:

        What he seems not to have accepted yet is that much of the Congress is not serious. There are people there who oppose not on principle, but because resistance is their idea of freedom.
        Maybe he hasn't accepted it because he doesn't know how to handle it.  He needs to learn to develop alternate strategies for dealing with a recalcitrant GOP.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:49:02 AM PDT

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