It has occurred to me that the political climate, we find ourselves in today, was inevitable. The standards of good and right are always contested by the proponents of selfishness and laziness. The experience and wisdom of sacrifice and hard work by the ambitious are wasted on the philosophies advocated by the self-absorbed. The willingness of the meek will always be met by the greed of the malcontent. And the apathy of the many contributes to the strength of minority.
Consequently we find too many of the future generation: increasingly ignorant of their history; illiterate, stupid, and uninformed; deeply in debt and lacking the resolve and education to do what is necessary to make things better.
The world doesn't have to be plundered or wasted and the people don't have to be starved or abused but the greedy and powerful won't exercise self-restraint and the poor and powerless won't exercise self-control.