The Fall of the Western Roman Empire (also called Fall of the Roman Empire or Fall of Rome) was the process of decline in the Western Roman Empire in which it failed to enforce its rule, and its vast territory was divided into several successor polities.
By 476 when Odoacer deposed the Emperor Romulus, the Western Roman Emperor wielded negligible military, political, or financial power and had no effective control over the scattered Western domains that could still be described as Roman.
December 30, 2016. I believe today will mark the day that historians will record as the ‘476’ of the US Empire.
Just as with Rome, there were signs of this for years, even decades. Despite having the mightiest military on earth, it is difficult to describe as a ‘win’ any US military endeavor since 1945. The coins were shaved, beginning in 1913 with the establishment of the Federal Reserve and culminating in 1971 with Nixon closing the gold window. The people were held together with bread and circuses, with ties of family and market disintegrating with Johnson’s Great Society more than 50 years ago; with football replacing church as America’s favorite Sunday activity.
This post was published at Lew Rockwell on December 31, 2016.