America in the Balance

Ever so often a book that seems like it would be a really good read comes along — but you realize that there is just no way you’re going to be able to get around to reading it.  When that happens it is really nice when a good review/analysis of the book comes along by a writer you respect.  Such is the case with an article by Anand Giridharadas on George Packer’s new book, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.” 

The Unwinding - An Inner History of the New America

The Unwinding – An Inner History of the New America

Packer’s book reminds me that years ago Edward Gibbon penned his great treatise on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

he Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

he Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon

Among the reasons that great civilization capsized into the seas of history were the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home – the firm underpinning of all society. Higher and higher taxes crept in, people desired pleasures from sports or other more brutal or immoral activities; individual responsibility collapsed; and Christianity lost its pure and gentle influence to guide people.   So, check out the link below and see if you can overlay the Gibbon analysis of national disintegration with what Packer sees and forcasts.  RMF

Struggling at the U.S. Crossroads

George Packer

George Packer

Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas


About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church ( Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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