Steve Randy Waldman, proprietor of Interfluidity, hoists a comment, and it is a remarkably good narrative, about the corrosive effect on culture, which the debasement of our institutions is creating.
interfluidity » Strategic default: a soldier’s perspective
The rules of any game evolve out of how the game is played over time. Changing the rules is strategic game-play, as is exploiting the rules in game-play. The rules, whatever they are, are subject to erosion, and that means that all the informal conventions and habits, that make complex institutions work, are also eroding.
The U.S. is at the tail-end of a long period of decadence, that began with Richard Nixon's election and accelerated with Ronald Reagan. Every institutional structure, and the economic foundation of the country's prosperity, as well constitutional democracy -- everything is being ground down, destroyed, wrecked.
Are Americans a Broken People?