"A good many years ago I heard the late President Lowell of Harvard say that a civilization is seldom murdered; it commits suicide. And I wish that he had added that it commits suicide unwittingly. The road downhill is extremely easy. It is marked by little indulgences - by minor compromises with principle to escape temporary discomfort or hardship. Each step downward makes the next one seem a little more logical and a little harder to resist. That has been the recent history of our own country."
Good Reading Rack Service, 1958