'the same consensus of social norms that one appeals to when they cite the ambiguous "moral decay" of Rome'
is. What consensus are you referring to? I would like to know because I think that you just made that up. Go get a copy of "When Nations Die" by Jim Nelson Black and have a read. You might find it enlightening but perhaps not. Historians who specialize in the study of Rome would disagree with you too. Historian James Burke agrees with you that Rome a immoral place to begin with but he seems to be using a more modern standard of morals when he makes his comparison. Edward Gibbon gets a better handle on the concept of the failing morality of Rome by using the moral standards that were present at the time
There are lots of reasons for the fall of Rome, not the least of which is moral decay, but I question why you poked in to this conversation when I brought up moral decay? I feel that you suspect that I was making this comment based on some Christian concept of morality and your obsession with all things Christians force you to comment on my comment. Since I wasn't the only one who noticed this it seems your reasons for entry in to the discussion is more apparent to others that it is to you. At any rate, I'm glad you joined the discussion for any reason that seems good to you.
the permanent political class in the country. Vote them out.
More like the British Empire than Rome.
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