> >In the long run, it does. Sure, there will be setbacks, but a closed
> >society is self-defeating: even if it wins one war, its closedness
> >will cause it to fall even further behind and lose the power to
> >maintain itself. It will be beseiged by rebellion from within.
> The western democracies in Europe are more closed than America. I don't see
> them crumbling. In fact, many have made a good case that they are better off
> than we are. Their living standards are higher....
Give it some time :-) I also don't think there's any Eurpoean nation
with a living standard arguably higher than that of the US, unless you
strain the definition of "standard of living" sufficiently.
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