How true. I have to agree. The Roman Empire was restrained in many excesses near the end because their troops and mercenaries insisted on being paid in gold. If they had accepted paper instead, the Empire may have been able to carry out it's most lunatic schemes to extend their lives and the ending would have been even more apocalyptic than it was.
The 'Kwa has degraded itself into even more severe debauchery and degeneracy than did the Romans, long after it deserved to die. Long after they lacked the sound financial means to fund any of it. Their empire is built of paper and dreams.
The Fall of the Roman Empire was before thermonuclear weapons, orbital space platforms and the neutron bomb. The Fall of the West is going to be a million times worse.
All around you, people who failed to notice anything wrong over the past decade are now telling you "Yes, but it's not the end of the world. It could be a problem for our children, though." These people are wrong. The leeway is gone. The safety margin has dissipated. The free play of the gears of our society is now at an end.
The people of this generation are the children that the former promised would endure the final collapse. Our generation is where the chickens come home to roost. There's no more live and be merry. The day to pay the piper has arrived at long last.