Seems that the free world has a tougher time winning in peacetime than winning during a war. Too much time on their hands I guess.
You know what, you hit it squarely on the head. Robert Bork's book, "Slouching Towards Gomorrah - Modern Liberalism and American Decline" cleary states why we have sunk into socialism. It's kinda old (1996), but is even more relevant today and it explains why the children of the Boomer generation went so far off the path with their 60's radicalism and beyond.
To summarize: The boomers were successful and wanted the best for their children, so they over-indulged them. With little financial worries; no taught work ethic; questionable moral developement; few demands on them as in chores/duty; and no direction they tried to find something new. They embraced socialism and actually communism. If you like, I will give you an example of a failed commune near Los Angeles during the late 60's. Saw it first hand.
Bork's book is very enlightening as to how we got so far away from our Constitutional roots and workable society values and that was back in 1996 after the libs "Borked" him out of a USSC nomination.