Fears of Empire and Decadence

On Thursday evening I attended a philosophical discussion group at my local library. The topic for debate was why we censor violence more than we censor sex in America? It resulted in a number of interesting discussions but concluded with an interesting opposition between meliorists and deteriorists, those who think humans can become better than they are and those who think we will always remain animalistic. One of the debaters, and a regular attender at the cafe, made an argument for the cyclic nature of human history.