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Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists.

Heard this guy being interviewed earlier in the week and thought he made some very astute observations and clearly identified several specific points throughout history when the collective “we” had a choice to either take one path or another.

As Frost later penned “…and that made all the difference”.

I am intrigued enough by what I heard to go out and read the book. However, I’m just not so sure that as a society we really had any choice at all. By definition, the people that didn’t “hustle” as the author puts it – outsiders such as Emerson, Thoreau and their ilk – were satisfied to keep to themselves and simply do what they do without giving any thought to also convincing others to join them.

How can you move an entire society forward by doing your own thing ?

Even followers of Forest Gump eventually all went home when he finally stopped running, turned to them and said, “I guess I’ll go home now.”

What say you ?

PS – I wrote this post back in October and still have not found the time – or strength – to read the book. It’s hard enough to stay positive watching ‘current event’ unfold. I can’t bring myself to learn more about exactly how we got here. Shame on me.

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