Those who are demographers, historians, sociologists, psychologists are aware – or should be – of the world around us today. Each will identify aspects of the society that they most closely research, evaluate and understand. But those who understand the concept of multidisciplinary broadview will be far more aware of the confluence of events over the last 12 years that have led to a point where society has reached a pinnacle in 2005 and has now begun a precipitous slide. Consider the following points.
Will Durant in Caesar and Christ and Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. III describe the horrible events occurring during the dissolution of the Roman Empire: depredation, random murders, insane behavior, irrational decisions by those still wielding authority, etc.
Carroll Quigley in The Evolution of Civilizations writes:
“As soon as the rate of Expansion of Society begins to decline, it enters Stage 4, The Age of Conflict. This Age is marked by four chief characteristics: a) a declining rate of expansion; b) growing tension and increasing class conflicts; c) increasingly frequent and violent imperialist wars; d) growing irrationality, pessimism, superstitions, and otherworldliness. The rate of expansion declines because of the institutionalization of the instrument of expansion.”
In essence, Mr. Quigley is referring to The Engine of Progress. In other words, too many laws, loss of personal and societal discipline, too little education, greed, too little monetary credit, failure of generational transmission of useful knowledge and skill sets, inordinate taxes, excessive government interference, lack of public supervision of its government, all hamper the expansion of societies.)
“Unable to get ahead by other means (creativity, imagination, risk taking, investment, skill) the masses, seek to get ahead by political action, and above all by confiscating wealth from their neighbors by either legal means, (redistribution of wealth through taxation) or illegal means, robbery, fraud, etc. At the same time, people turn to irrationality to compensate for the growing insecurity of life, for the chronic economic depression, for the growing bitterness and dangers of class struggles, for the growing social disruption and insecurity caused by imperialist wars. This is generally a period of gambling, use of narcotics, intoxicants, prescription drugs, obsession with sex (especially perverted sex), increasing crime, growing numbers of neurotics and psychotics, growing obsession with death and the Hereafter.”
If what historians tell us about the decay of societies is correct, we can look forward to more of these sociopathic behaviors as our society continues to decline.