A civilized society honors virtue, wisdom, self-restraint, and a search for truth without ulterior motives. It is not preoccupied or awed by technological wizardry, scientific discoveries, limitless wealth, athletic marvels, or weapons of mass destruction.
The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.
Yesterday I was playing Sid Meier's popular computer game, Civilization V, when I realized my economy was floundering. And by "floundering," I mean I couldn't afford to buy a toothpick. Why? Because for decades, my government had been spending too much and making too little.
With any luck, there would be an engineer or a scientist left behind instead of me. They would possess the skills and knowledge to use their own DNA to clone themselves and re-start a new human race. But, alas, I am no engineer or scientist. I struggle to assemble IKEA furniture.
Leading sociologists have shown that societies are far more likely to break down when they're overloaded by converging stresses; for example, rapid population growth, resources depletion, and economic decline.
All the media wants to hear about is a soon-to-be former Congressman whose self-absorption and bad judgement are remarkable even by current congressional standards. I don't understand professional journalists, with all the resources at their command, being so easily suckered.