China is very quickly growing in the stage of the world. Whereas, America is losing its power steadily in terms of financial, entertainment and so on. Although I'm not a Chinese, it is hard to ignore the ongoing growth of China's power. In the history of World, the most powerful contry like Roman could not continue keeping the position forever. Always there were growth and decline.
My country America is dying like the Roman Empire, and for the same reasons too. Policing the world, internal corruption, combining religion with government, not taking care of ourselves first. These are the same reasons that the Roman Empire died. When you try to own the world, the world will own you right back. Each nation must take care of themselves first and not try to police the world.
I think America is clearly on decline given that popular culture is continually sinking to new lows in film, theater, music, and entertainment in general and the new fixation with social networking. American education consist of a bloated, bureaucratic monopoly of devolving standards as serves as little more than a public funded daycare system and higher education is becoming increasingly more about indoctrination in radical left wing politics than intellectual pursuits. The man on the street segments show this time and again. The individual has ceased to be the ultimate economic and political unit...More and more constitutional rights are eroding to the point where most people defend the secretive efforts of the NSA's...The unfunded liabilities of the welfare state are at around $100 trillion and no one is willing to reverse the trend of people living in perpetual poverty at the expense of the taxpayer...The entrepreneurial spirit is dying in favor of this entitlement to do less work with less education and little or no skill but higher sums of money..The hard work ethic is dead...The scientific community is increasingly consensus driven and relies upon state funding and politically convenient findings...Morality has fallen victim to relativism...Our monetary system under the federal reserve inflates economic bubbles and perpetuates the boom and bust cycle while the fractional reserve system creates money (value) out of debt and never enough supply to repay interest...And Americans involuntarily are forced to fund foreign governments and institutions around the world despite record debt levels...America is politically unwilling to stop massive amounts of illegal immigration sort of like Rome was unable to prevent the barbarian invasions. I think it is wishful thinking or delusion to deny it.
The decline of the "Holy" Roman Empire is remarkably similar to the decline of the United States.
- needlessly at war with other countries
- political scene = vast money pit
- foreign investment taking deep roots
- vast amounts of income overseas
- polarization between classes
- death of the middle class
- loan/repayment system stopped working
Not even getting into the similarities culturally, I mean, many Romans died fat and rich, their armies filled with mercenaries and foreigners fighting in their place for less money. Football stadiums look eerily familiar to a certain Roman landmark...
- violent entertainment
- spiritual decline
- decline in wholesome families
- pleasure seeking takes priority
- lawsuits and revenge
- a mixed up stew-pot population
- an unhealthy celebrity culture
- public humiliation in entertainment
Also: misplaced super-patriotism and inflated self-importance ran rampant in Rome, as it does in America, a very important note.
It's all a terrifying puzzle that adds up to two very similar histories. And we all know what history does over and over again.
The Republic of Rome lasted for 500 years, the empire longer. I think comparing the United States to the Roman Empire does the Romans injustice. The US is more like the British Empire, and deservedly so as they are the bastion of white privilige and racism, not to mention hypocrisy.
Our Mainstream Media is now our church, and they don't believe in your freedom. What was once Church is now just another org driven by financial success. The state is a massively over-funded system of controls for the devolving masses. The family institution is seen as an optional engagement that may be thrown out on a whim. Racism and hatred driven by the left to garner votes from their slaves is thought to be freedom.
We're surrounded by frickin idiots who think socialism will work this time.
We're overly concerned with safety, and believe our personal safety to be primarily the responsibility of others.
We think education is a right.
We think happiness is a right.
We think employment is a right.
We hold others responsible for the offenses we ourselves take up.
... Hope this gets better...
I could give multiple reasons, but the main one for me is education. As a teacher, I see it first hand. Countries like China and India have much better education systems. Teachers are respected. I even taught English in Saudi Arabia and was astounded at the level of respect that the teachers get.
Caesar once declared himself a God and supreme ruler. Now, Trump stands before Americans and makes the same decree! Of course, things turn tragic for Caesar by the hands of his own squabbling senators supposedly representing the people. Also, as the Roman military became less Roman, allowing non-citizens and foreigners to serve, the entire empire eventually fell. The non-citizens and foreigners did not uphold the same values, pride, and loyalty to Rome. Its more than just the "games" as mentioned by the majority of these posts. When we lose our power, America will fall harder than any nation that has been in existence. A country that is divided cannot stand against the rest of the world. My oh my, how history repeats itself again and again. Most Americans don't really know history because the only ones learning anything in this country are the non-citizens and foreigners on the tax paying citizens dime.
America is well on its way to being a dead country. Too many extremist religious groups want to dictate policy anymore. Separation of church and state was instituted to keep arbitrary rules and laws out. If a law can be passed only on the basis of "God to me" with no rational thought and consideration we are in deep trouble. The government only be allowed to pass laws and rulings based on real and quantifiable data. Too much information and research is already being stifled by bureaucracy and real data being hidden because it conflicts with large money or other special interests.
All this has happened with other societies and they have all fallen too. We are walking off the cliff with our eyes wide open.
Since we have large groups that can not separate church and state we are doomed to die. Once a small group of appointed elites under the guise of religious freedom dictate what you can and can not do we are in trouble. When dogma supersedes common sense everyone should begin to worry. Where do we draw the line? (rhetorical questions next) What health treatments should be available (not just defunded) and what scientific research will be allowed, what data will be ignored
America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our men and women alike have shed their blood to defend what is right, and we will not stop doing so. Americans have shed their blood to guard other countries's freedoms, like Korea and Vietnam. We will not stop doing so. America is the hero the world needs, not the one it deserves. Batman reference for the win.
If America dies, other country's support will die and will lead to their fall, also. Finally, America is strong. The red, white, and blue can push through anything. Yes, we might have a bad President or a bad congress or whatever right now, but that will change! There will come a time when Obama leaves and we get a new congress.
To claim that the US is dying not only implies that it is losing power (relative to other countries) but that the US itself will no longer exist. That is simple not true sure the US faces problems but is dying? Hardly, there's no invading barbarians at its gates and its not exactly facing internal problems so great that its at risk of being destroyed.
America may not be doing the best currently, but to compare it to the dying Roman Empire is a bit of an exaggerating. The Roman Empire was in the olden times, this is the present. We're doing better than they did. Plus we're not battling for more territory because it's settled. We're not adjusting to new climates with as much difficulty from global warming, and we aren't in major war in America. I'm not the sharpest on this topic so some of the things I may be presenting have a fair chance of being false, but I do not believe America is dying like the Roman Empire.
Right now, America appears to be going through adversity, However, our American values are being threatened. If the Democratic Party wins again in 2016 and 2020, I worry about the future of Capitalism. Also, if we lose the right to bear arms, criminals will have a competitive advantage. I also worry about our culture, such as if the game of football becomes touch football with all of the concussion lawsuits.
WE belong to international organizations such as the U.N. The Roman Empire is different.
We are a democracy, they are a monarchy.
We may have a better military than the second to twenty-fifth most powerful military, but we will use them responsibly.
So does the Romans, but their still vastly outnumbered by barbarians.
But the U.N. Will use diplomacy to stop wars
There's no international organizations to stop people from fighting against Rome in Roman's period.
The real answer to this question is not a simple yes or no. Rather the US has never been similar to the Roman Empire. Maybe it was very powerful economically and politically compared to other countries after WWII, but it has never been similar to the Roman Empire. And don`t forget that the british Empire in the nineteenth century might have been even more powerful and dominant than the US was after WWII. Still non of the empires since the renaissance were similar to the romans.
The US has a relatively large territory, but russia, China, and Canada, are also as large as de US or even bigger. The biggest population lives in China not the US. While Rome controlled pretty much of the known world. Except for China and India. But If the analogy was true then the population of the US should be much bigger (3.5 Billion people) and the territory should cover half of the world (i.E. The entire American continent plus Europe, Australia, and parts of Africa).
Relative to the world size the US is not even a close match to Rome. The ancient empire used direct conquest to dominate new territories and acquire power, meanwhile the US has not added territory in significant amount since more than a century ago. The US has a rather indirect influence by economic power, language and culture.
Since the WWII ended until 1989 the US had a rival (the Soviet Union), which had a similar military power and size. While Rome was unmatched for 400 years, from the fall of Carthage to the end of the empire and the invasions.
Even if we want to do analogies with Rome, a better one is
Rome died largely because of an inability to manage barbarians at its borders. That plus plague and corruption weakened it, to the point that it just couldn't maintain defenses across their very long borders.
The US doesn't have to worry about borders so much. Sure, border security is an issue, but it's not like we're expecting 50,000 Canadian soldiers to cross the border and start conquering, looting and pillaging. This is the kind of stuff Rome had to put up with all the time. Worse, when one border was invaded, hostile states on the the other side of the empire would smell blood on the water and invade while the empire was distracted.
A key weakness of Rome was the succession problem. When an emperor died, it often didn't matter who he chose as successor. Instead, the leading generals would battle it out in ruinous civil war until only one was left standing. The winner would then have to bribe the army (draining the treasury) to ensure their loyalty. Even then, the army might flip and revolt, killing the emperor in hopes that the next one would offer a fatter bribe.
The US does not have this problem. Though our elections are often contentious, they've stayed legal, peaceful, and have not led to civil war.
The US may be declining in global influence, but that doesn't mean it will collapse any time soon. In a way it's inevitable -- the US golden age was triggered by WWII, when we were the only major power left unscathed by the war. It got a further boost when the USSR collapsed. But all that is changing now. Europe and Japan have long since recovered, Russia is flexing some muscle again, and giants like China and India are finally waking up after centuries of colonization and humiliation. It's inevitable that America's relative standing will shrink somewhat as these new powers gain prominence.
The US does have its problems though. Too many trends are in the wrong direction. Medical care and higher education costs just keep growing unchecked, squeezing the middle and lower classes. Income inequality just keeps getting worse. The influence of money on politics is stronger than ever, and I'm afraid it's reached a point of no return, as demonstrated by congress' inability to enact meaningful campaign finance reform -- our government operates as legal bribery in some respects. That, at least, we do have in common with Rome: as they got wealthier, corruption got out of control, until the government could no longer deal with the problems of the day.
It's true there are many problems in the USA and i find obvious that i has similar problems like the roman empire had. The Greek and Romans started the western civilization! All western countries are copies.
Now, there is a very good investment card USA made which i don't want to go deep in right now, that would make this too long. But what i can say is that... The whole planet is washed in America, almost dependable in some topics.
From an outsider looking at America I think they are naive in their foreign policies and are naturally insular. They have little idea about the rest of the world and quite frankly could care less. That I am afraid gives them an air of arrogance.
They are very generous, they have set themselves up as the worlds policemen, they spend dollars like casino chips, they have a girly game they call Baseball and that we call rounders,(played by school girls and women) and a version of Rugby (Grid iron)which is so mechanical in its game plan there is absolutely no way anyone can be individualistic, which makes the game as a spectacle very sterile.
They don't think things out properly when deciding to go to war. They are the most overweight and disgustingly bad mannered people I have ever met. They are superb engineers, they design and make superb products like computers and such like. Their cars seem to be cheap looking copies of other peoples designs with very bad handling and bad brakes and with no real quality interiors.
They overeat so much that watching their gluttonous menus makes me heave with disgust. They waste food like it was going out of fashion.
Any nation that gets themselves into an 11 trillion+ debt and overeats and throws their weight around like the Americans, is probably on the slippery road to oblivion. BUT NOT JUST YET.
SO NO not for long time.
Of course - a big country like that can't dissapear so easily in our century. The point is - USA will no longer be the world's greatest power. China is going to provail in the next 5 years, so they will have more money for defence, industry & ect.. The same thing happened 100 years before, when UK realized that they are no longer world's greatest power. But no - it won't die like the Roman Empire - in fact, there are too many differences between the two 'empires' - not only the 19 centuries difference.