TheNextRomeThe cultural foundations of the United States and its institutions are devolving along the line of some futuristic apocalyptic novel and producing social, moral, and economic dry rot that can lead only to chaos and ruin, with the ultimate destruction of liberty.

Various collectivization philosophies, processes, and movements have destroyed individual freedom in their drive toward the collective utopian state. In nations like Cuba, Russia, China, and North Korea, dependency came by tyrannical force. Even the path of “soft socialism” that progresses stealthily toward greater and greater government control is inevitably a slippery slope to ultimate tyranny.

As a journalist, historian, teacher, cop, Green Beret soldier, combat correspondent, and inveterate traveler about the world, I have seen this process working out in societies and nations around the globe—such as in Venezuela and Argentina at the present time. As Rome went, so have other nations gone.

During Rome’s final days people were so distracted by social decadence, hedonism, materialism, corruption, and rejection of basic truths that they failed to notice their rights and liberties were being dismantled. No one remembered and stood up for their foundational values. Rome suffered from excesses which led to laziness which led to the loss of individual freedom.

Americans today are buying into the same mind-set. Scottish professor Alexander Tytler describes an endless cycle societies undergo: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, and from dependency back to bondage.

As went Rome, so went all other empires throughout history.

Crushing The Collective: The Last Chance to Keep America Free and Self-Governing, by Charles W. Sasser, to be published by WND Books on September 12, illuminates the very real dangers of the socialistic mind-set that is currently threatening Americans’ freedom and the very existence of the nation. Sasser makes the case that America is in the dependency stage and that we are witnessing and living through what can only be the political, cultural and economic decline of the United States and the fall of Western Civilization. We must know the destructive history of other nations drawn into the collectivist deceit, or America will be the next Rome.