330. Problem of decline
March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
When a nation is in decline, terrible things usually happen. there are fights over diminishing assets, and posturing for a debacle and posturing for recovery. Our finances, taxes and politics are at play, as is the shifting scene of international competitions that surround us (as seen by the US).
Toynbee suggested that in crises the elite abandon their own people, and Spengler was clear that decline leads to opportunism within and without. The anger in the political process is worse because there are no real winners in any contest.
This is a lens through which to look at all events.