Edward Gibbon (Perhaps): “The five marks of the Roman decaying culture”
“The five marks of the Roman decaying culture: Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth; Obsession with sex and perversions of sex; Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original; Widening disparity between very rich and very poor; Increased demand to live off the state.”
– This quote is often attributed to Edward Gibbon but there is reason to believe that it is spurious. It is a good statement though. I am posting this in the expectation that readers will readily see the very strong similarity to The United States, and indeed the whole western world, in our time.