06-20-2016, 08:48 AM
It was not a very useful or interesting question. It was not going to open up new vistas of my evolving thinking regarding culture to your view.
It explains how prosperity causes something much worse: the collapse of a civilization entirely. The state is like a cancer on the civilization -- painful, ugly, unbearable, parasitic, torturous. But the collapse of the civilization is even worse. That's when the patient dies. Better to have cancer and still be alive.
Anyway, state growth is also a symptom of the epigenetic temperamental changes brought on by the soft life. In particular the building up of the welfare state cocoon.
But are you really interested in any of this? It seems, again, that you are just desperate for some "thesis" as you put it, which you can then wildly oversimplify, reduce down to one sentence, and then proceed to "refute" by gems of enlightenment such as "white people are socialists, too!"
No, r3v, I think (and correct me if I'm wrong!) that you are not particularly interested in culture as the bulwark of liberty, not enthusiastic about restoring strong family values and traditional moral strictures, and in fact are highly skeptical that such puritanism would be beneficial, much less essential, to our cause.