In 1918 a German scholar named Oswald Spengler produced a weighty tome titled "Decline of the West," which had quite a vogue in the first half of the 20th century and probably still sits unread in American homes.
WASHINGTON - The most important social trend of the past 20 years is as positive as it is underappreciated: the United States' plunging crime rate.
Between 1991 and 2010, the homicide rate in the United States fell 51 percent, from 9.
Dmitry Medvedev has proved timid, ineffectual and ultimately powerless during his tenure as Russia's president. But give him this: The Deep Purple fan at least has recognized that the authoritarian regime built by his boss, Vladimir Putin, is unworkable.
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama probably will have to pull out a familiar card next year: the luck of the draw.
In winning the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, the president defeated political heavyweights, starting with Hillary Clinton.
There's a movement afoot in Minnesota to redesign government services to be less costly, more efficient and more collaborative.
All such efforts should be put on the fast track. Taxpayers will benefit.
What is government's role in creating jobs?
Based on recent discussions with 11 leaders of local nonprofit organizations - and coupled with similar talks in October with 14 small-business leaders - the answer rests in two words: certainty and stability.