This is evidenced in country after country where the discord found is at an unprecedented scale. History confirms that man is at a point in his existence where he faces challenges that he finds he cannot solve. It's not that he is not trying, it's just not in him to govern himself.
I cannot agree with this at all. Many nations in our world are hag-ridden by military kleptocracies. Even as recently as a thousand years ago, that was the rule rather than the exception. Less than two hundred years ago, the Parliament in London was elected by less than 5% of the white male population. Most of Europe was directly in the hands of or under the hegemony of the self-styled Holy Alliance--Austria, Prussia and Russia. All of their leaders were reactionary autocrats. Two hundred years ago, the former Spanish colonies of North and South America were in revolt against Spain. In the case of Mexico, previous attempts at rebellion had been put down ruthlessly by right-wing supporters of the Spanish monarchy. After the final defeat of Napoleon and the settlement of Europe, Spain had a liberal government under Queen Isabella. At that point, the reactionary leaders of Mexico rebelled against that threat to their conservative status quo. In central and South America, the quasi-liberal governments established in the wake of successful rebellions soon were corrupted by or fell outright to right-wing social ascendancies which not only exploited the common men and women of their new nations, but set about attempts to exterminate the aboriginal inhabitants with a ruthlessness which would have made the old Spanish empire blush.
China was in the hands of a reactionary and anti-western dynasty. Japan was controlled by a dynastic shogunate which had exclueded westerners and christianity, and would not change until the United States Navy sailed into Tokyo bay and threatened them in 18t3. There was so little resembling reliable government in the Malaysian penninsula that Eastindiamen, the merchant ships of the East India Company, were as well armed as the frigates of the Royal Navy. Piracy was the biggest individual entrepreneurial industry in the world at that time.
I'm afarid i'm no friend to claims about the decay of society in our modern, degenerate times. People have been singing that song for literally thousands of years. Bucky Fuller quotes an Egyptian inscription from about 6000 years ago: "We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect
their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently
inhabit taverns and have no self control." Hesiod wrote more than 2500 years ago: "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words . . . When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise [disrespectful] and impatient of restraint." In fact, Hesiod (who lived and wrote about 2700 years ago) makes it a theme of his review of history and society. He was convinced that his socieity was descended from a golden age, but that it's virtues and institutions were decaying.
I continue to consider greed, venality, cupidity and indifference to be the cause of the world's miseries. I don't see that that has changed over the thousands of years of which we have records.