I'm breaking the mod's anger with the use of "fail" but screw it: The USSR failed horribly because it tried to make the state into God and all other religion non existent. I'm not sure I can think of a single society that has succeeded without religion. This is because when religion doesn't exist, the state is allowed to move in and replace it. happens all the time. Religion is a secondary governing body to most humans. Most revolts and rebellions that have done good were based off religious reasons. For instance, the French revolution was seen as a good thing, but it tried to end all things, the church included. Without the church, people like Napoleon took it's place. In the USA, religon was used as a tool to awaken people. The great awakening before the revolution set the idea in people's minds to change. On the complete other spectrum, the complete rule by church only made it into a radical organization of extremists who killed you if you were not following their way. hence the crusades. This is what is current in the Middle East today. In conclusion, rule by the church is wrong and rule by no church is wrong. The middle ground where church is a vehicle for the people to learn from and enjoy the religion of their choice is the best way to go. Being that most people will not give up their faiths, it's best to let them follow it and not take it away. Now, I've forgotten the reason I typed this, so whatever.