Historically, one of the signs of a decline of a civilization is the belief that we (the United States) can expand and dominate a large part of the world with our culture and beliefs. This is impossible, yet we (the United States) show every sign of attempting to bring it about.
The other sign of the decline of a civilization is national debt, and the United States has more debt than it can ever repay. The truth be known, it isnít expected to repay it; itís only meant to keep us in poverty as financial slaves. Most of our (US) debt is interest on pre-existing debt. The only way this can go on is if the citizens continue to believe what is told to them.
Rahasya Poe: To Believe or Not to Believe Ė The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems.