I watched a video today that explored the fall of the Roman Empire. The video is extremely long, so I won't post it here. In short, the author built the case that over taxation and the debasing of the Roman denar were responsible for a growing welfare state that eventually couldn't support it's own security. Of course the video provided more historical background for the events that delivered the empire to a slow death, but the nails in the coffin were the ruling powers who abused their power in an ongoing effort to support the welfare system and the military, eventually collapsing the whole system. Yes, the author made the parallel with western society, western currency, and western welfare systems. I think there is something to learn from ancient cultures, how they flourished and how they died. Do you agree with the notion that we are following the same path of the Roman Empire and are spending our way into the trash can of history? Will we be a chapter in future texts regarding great civilizations that came and went? I believe all things come to an end, and sometimes ponder the end of western culture.