The good life sometimes can be lost quite unexpectedly and abruptly when people demand rights more than they accept responsibilities, or live for present consumption rather than sacrifice for future investment, or feel their own culture is not particularly exceptional and therefore in no need of constant support and defense.
~ Victor Davis Hanson, Real Clear Politics 7/27/06
In political discussions, I often offer my observation that modern Americans are soft, spoiled, and have no concept of the daily struggle to survive that most of the world's population endures. No one illustrates this truth with more factual grit and historical backup than Victor Davis Hanson.
"The Fragility of the Good Life" is not comfortable reading, but it is important for us to understand how quickly and easily the "American Dream" bubble could burst.