I just read an old article by Richard Lamm, former governor of Colorado. Overall, worth a read.
The best part, to my mind, is a quote at the beginning, and another at the end. Both relevant to today's society.
Last things first. A quote from one of the saints of the Left, Noam Chomsky-expert at abusing the system while also taking great advantage of it:
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."
And Mr. Lamm also quotes someone that understands history, and how it works, historian Arnold Toynbee:
"an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."
Both of these quotes are relevant today. And getting moreso.
Hat tip to Gates of Vienna, and Fjordman for mentioning the article in a post.