I figured Dan had enough fans on this board to create a thread dedicated to his podcasts Hardcore History and Common Sense.
I just finished listening to the latest Hardcore History and the topic really made me think a bit. Essentially he was saying that adversity toughens up a society and if, all things being equal, we entered into a war with our grandparents, they'd trounce us because they were tougher than we are.
In one way, I agree 100%. My grandfather was going up on ladders and doing things like cleaning out his gutters well into his 80s. I pay people to do that for me. I look at his work ethic compared to my own (or worse, to kids today), and I see us getting softer and more entitled with every new generation.
I also believe that the US currently has the best trained and equiped military that has ever been fielded. But since a military is a political tool, does our country have the collective will any more to use the military the way it was used during World War 2?