I would say that I conditionally agree with this, but the situation is also different from Rome because many of the Western countries are actually experiencing the same or similar problems as the US, though possibly not to the same degree. Rome failed in large part because it overextended itself, so in that manner perhaps it is similar, but I believe the issue is more complex these days.
I’ve been watching the recent hysteria on the stock and financial markets, here in Australia, because of the US sub-prime morgage problem, for example. New Zealand is having similar problems and I wouldn’t be surprised if Japan and Britain were also affected.
When will humanity learn? How far will we fall this time, and will a lesson come from it?