“The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.” Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Book VIII, Chapter 1. By: Redactor Irving Kristol Montesquieu 1 Comment drrik says: January 20, 2016 at 8:10 am Politics is always downstream of culture. When a culture abandons it’s founding principles, the government toddles merrily along behind. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website × = 9 Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.