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Decline of the United States (United States)

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Quotes from "We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism"

With his sardonic humor and use of inconvenient facts John Derbyshire makes the compelling case that the United States (and Western Civilization in general) is doomed.

Alasdair MacIntyre: Have we Reached a Turning Point?

A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium. What they set themselves to achieve instead…was the construction of new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive the coming ages of barbarism and darkness.

Victor Davis Hanson: Popular Culture is the Glue Holding America Together

As in Rome, there is a vast disconnect between the elites and the people. Almost half of Americans receive some sort of public assistance, and almost half pay no federal income tax. About one-seventh of Americans are on food stamps. Yet housing prices in elite enclaves — Manhattan, Cambridge, Santa Monica, Palo Alto — are soaring. The wealthy like to cocoon themselves in Roman-like villas, safe from the real-life ramifications of their own utopian ideology

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