Americans suffer from affluence. To hear some political leaders talk, you would think we were a third-world country without fresh drinking water and produce year round. Ameri-cans enjoy the highest standard of living in the history of the world, and too many do not know it.
The perils of affluence lead to complacency, which then leads to tyranny and poverty. An oft quoted Scottish historian, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, traced the development of a society from oppression to freedom and back to oppression: bondage, spiritual faith, courage, liberty, abundance, complacency, apathy, depend-ence, bondage. Some philosophers argue that the U.S. has surpassed apathy and en-tered into dependence. Judging by the latest statistic that 53 percent of American tax-payers now do not pay federal income taxes, this argument has gained veritas.