Would a nation of unparalleled wealth and power, with a comfortable and satisfied middle class, give up its comfort and wealth voluntarily? Perhaps a better way to phrase the question is not "Would a nation" do this foolish thing, but rather "Why would a nation" commit such foolishness, because the United States is in the process of doing exactly this very thing.
Our ruling class (the liberal Washington senate and house of representatives, the self-sustaining and uncontrollable executive agencies under Obama, along with the current occupant of the Oval Office himself) are intentionally using hastily constructed and unread legislation, idiotic regulations not intended by any agency's enabling legislation and executive orders issued by the president, to grind our nation to a halt and destroy our wealth via unprecedented borrowing and the printing of trillions of new, worthless dollars. One just hopes and prays we can stop these treacherous fools before the situation reaches the dire point where our population will revolt against the dictatorial rule we are experiencing, although it appears that such a violent push-back is what the administration wants to cause so as to enable it to have an excuse for declaring an emergency and taking control of radio, TV and the internet (can you say net neutrality?) and very likely, future elections.
Are they doing these things out of ignorance of what their actions will do to the futures of their own children; are they doing them for their own personal power; are they doing them because they hate this wonderful, tolerant nation and want it destroyed; or perhaps they are doing them out of the foolish notion of "social and economic justice"? I suspect it's for all of the above reasons, and they MUST BE STOPPED!
But I fear that too many of our own population don't understand how fragile and rare the comfortable life we live is (most people alive now have always had personal automobiles, they've always been able to travel freely, they've always had forced-air furnaces, they've always had air conditioners, they've always had supermarkets filled with every food possible, they've always had restaurants they could stop at on a whim, and they assume these things are a given and that they will last forever) and I also fear that they don't understand where we're headed.
At the beginning of Hitler's takeover of the very highly developed and cultured Germany, the shocked citizens thought "it can't happen here", and after restrictive and racist laws were imposed by the rulers and the future began to look dark, too many Germans then thought "it can't get any worse" and believed that they would be spared from further misery and eventual destruction by providence. Well, it did happen there, and it did get much worse before Germans were relieved of the plague of Nazism with the result that Germany was reduced to rubble and the evils of the Russians were imposed on half the nation for over 50 years.
Fortunately, if such a word can be used in this context, following World War II Germany had the United States and the rest of the English-speaking world to fall back on in order to restore stability, independence, democracy and economic strength to that destroyed nation. But once the economy of the United States is destroyed and our power is undermined from within, and once our formerly happy and comfortable population becomes hungry, cold, impoverished and violently resentful of our lost freedoms, there will be no help from a benevolent foreign nation restoring our past greatness. We are the last, best hope for the world, and if our new legislators don't turn things around and stop the liberal/green idiocy we are witnessing every day as new rules are imposed on us and more jobs are destroyed by foolish regulations, we and the world are likely destined for a new dark ages. Call and email your legislators and tell them to get busy with the peoples' business, not their own personal aggrandizement and enrichment, and definitely not government business as usual.