Depravity, Frivolity, And Dissent: Are We Watching The End Of An Empire?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

A 40-year-old essay predicted the end of an empire and current events sure make it look like we’re watching it happen in real time.

I spend a fair bit of time scanning the news every day for my site, Preppers Daily News. And some days, I just have to shake my head as I realize that people are so desperate for…something…that they just keep going to further and further extremes to try and find that elusive thing their lives are missing.

The more I read, the more likeness I see to Sir John Glubb’s essay, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival. (It’s only 24 pages and you should definitely read it – it’s brilliant.) Sir Glubb wrote this outstanding work when he was 79 years old, after a lifetime of being a soldier, traveling the world, and analyzing history. It’s well worth a read as he goes into detail about the fall of empires past.

The final stage of the end of an empire is the Age of Decadence.

Some signs of this age are political dissensions (Antifa, anyone?), an influx of foreigners (Europe, anyone?), the welfare state (America, anyone?), despair (350 million people diagnosed), depravity (see below), and the rise of frivolity as people try to fill lives that have less and less meaning.

Sound familiar?

This video is a brief synopsis of the signs of an empire that is near its end.

A synopsis I read makes Glubb’s theory entirely applicable to modern society:

In the age of decadence many people choose to behave in ways that are unsustainable, apparently unaware of the consequences. They indulge in excessive, often conspicuous, consumption. An absurdly wealthy elite emerges, but instead of repelling the masses it is admired and celebrated. Those outside the elite aspire to similar levels of consumption, and are encouraged by the availability of cheap credit. People become convinced that increased consumption is the key to happiness, but in its pursuit they become measurably less happy. As David Morgan says, “you can never get enough of what you don’t need.”


At this point in the life cycle of an empire frivolity, as Glubb calls it, comes to the fore. In order to distract people from what’s really going on, the economy creates diversions. Voyeurism becomes central to culture: the gladiatorial spectacles in decadent Rome are mirrored in today’s ‘reality’ television. People become fixated on celebrity as the genuinely noteworthty become understandably camera shy. These invented celebrities are ‘famous’ just for being famous…


…Debauchery is another recurring theme at the end of empire. Society develops a strangely immature obsession with sex. People drink themselves to the point of unconsciousness and shamelessly collapse in the street. In Roman times, binge drinkers were left to their fate. Today’s debauchery is supervised by the police; its ‘victims’ are taken care of by hard-pressed health care professionals, placing further pressure on the public purse. And, all the while, supermarkets and corporations make a killing selling discounted booze to people barely old enough to buy it. This is our modern-day bread and circuses, with obese citizens literally becoming a burden on the state.


But the small can never satisfy the large. Cheap pleasures fail to compensate for the absence of meaning in so many people’s lives. A hankering for something greater remains…growing numbers are denied access to work; they can find no meaningful involvement in their community, so their potential goes unfulfilled. When people are prevented from fulfilling their potential, they often self-destruct. (source)

By “Empire,” I’m not referring specifically just to the United States in particular, but Western Civilization in general. We’re watching our friends in Europe go down the same path. How can anyone look at the following stories and think that we are all okay and that this is sustainable?

NOTE: The story below isn’t pretty and there is adult content. If you are offended by adult content, take my word for it and do not read on. If you do read on, don’t get mad that you read adult content and complain in the comments. Thanks. DL


Never have America and Europe seen their citizens more at odds. Here in the United States, the last election caused more division than any other in history. Friendships and family relationships ended over who people’s voting choices. Once Trump was inaugurated, things didn’t settle down. There are still groups who want to overthrow the “Trump-Pence regime.” Some students can’t even tolerate the existence of those with opposite beliefs.

The education system doesn’t help. Some professors are actually encouraging violent revolt. Californians are talking about seceding from the United States because Trump won.

In Europe, the UK voted to leave the European Union and Catalonia voted to leave Spain.  People are firmly divided between welcoming immigrants and banishing immigrants.

Chaos is everywhere and there is little middle ground.

Unfathomable crimes

Crimes are becoming more horrific and mindboggling. A 17-year-old girl was trying to walk home through a “no-go zone” in the UK and was sexually assaulted 3 separate times in one hour. A man in Pennsylvania tried to strangle his girlfriend to death because she changed the passcode to the IPad. A Georgia woman murdered her two toddler sons by putting them in the oven and then video-chatted their father.

A Hollywood fixture has been accused of assaulting and harassing dozens of women, which led thousands of other women to share their horror stories with a #MeToo hashtag on Twitter. I have seen report after report recently of teachers having sex with their high school students.

Premature Sexuality

Sexuality is being introduced to our children far too early, For example, libraries around the country are having “Drag Queen Story Hour.” A picture is worth a thousand words.

What’s the purpose of this? Here’s a quote from a magazine write up entitled “An amazing demon drag queen has entertained children in Michelle Obama’s library” that explains:

Drag Queen Story Hour aims to give young children “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” according to the programme’s website…


…The Drag Queen Story Hour site explains that the event “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood”.


“In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.


The programme “happens regularly in LA, New York, and San Francisco, and events are popping up all over the world!”

I actually don’t have an issue with adults who are drag queens – heck, I sang along at a show in Vegas, and as a libertarian, I believe that consenting adults can do what they want. I have not raised my kids to mistreat others because of their sexuality. They’d be in massive trouble if they did. I did, however, manage to teach them to be kind individuals without taking them to Drag Queen Story Hour when they were 3.

Let me be absolutely clear that while I don’t think Drag Queen Story Hour is an attempt to sexually abuse children, it does lead me to the over-sexualization of kids. I don’t even know the names of all the genders and sexualities that are being claimed and LBGT keeps adding so many initials, I can’t keep up. No wonder kids are confused. I’m confused and I’m a grown-up.

Decades ago, anything on TV before 9 o’clock was pretty innocent. We didn’t have laptops and cell phones that allowed us to learn way too much, way too soon. We didn’t take quizzes on Buzzfeed to see if we were ready to have anal sex that night and we didn’t turn to Teen Vogue to learn about oral sex. These days, Teen Vogue is racier than Cosmo was in the early 80s. How do we protect our children’s innocence in this environment? How do we let them just be kids and find their own ways? Heck, even in Disney movies, everyone’s gotta have a love interest. Why?

Normalization of pedophilia

Children are exposed to far too much, far too young. This makes them ripe targets for pedophiles. Let me be clear on this too. Pedophilia is always, always wrong and extraordinarily harmful to children.

To make matters worse, there is a sick attempt to normalize pedophilia. Salon magazine had published numerous articles with titles like, “I’m a pedophile but I’m not a monster” which has since been deleted due to the public outcry. There are even forums about “moral pedophilia.” Here’s a quote:

Our website is intended to reduce the stigma attached to pedophilia by letting people know that a substantial number of pedophiles DO NOT molest children, and to provide peer support and information about available resources to help virtuous pedophiles remain law-abiding, and lead happy, productive lives.  These are our stories.  There are brief bios of the two founders of the site and collections of other personal stories. (source)

I keep wondering, are the people in charge of media trying to normalize this so that when they inevitably get outed for molesting children, no one will care? Watch this video about the rampant pedophilia in the entertainment industry – and then remember, these are the people who influence the views of the folks who idolize celebrities.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, was spotlighted for his incredibly disturbing art collection that showed the torture and murder of children. (Here is a shocking post with images found using “Tony and Heather Podesta’s art collection” as a search term.) And who can forget that sick “spirit cooking” scandal during the election? There are some things we simply cannot unsee.

The mainstream wants to blame the collapse of civilization on Trump, but they ignore the fact that in this administration, more than 1500 pedophilia-related arrests took place in the first full month of his presidency. Just last week, 84 children were rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, with the youngest of those sweet angels only 3 months old. A THREE-MONTH-OLD BABY WAS FOR SALE FOR $600!!!!


Speaking of “art,” a Slovenian woman just won a prestigious art award for being “in seclusion” with her dogs for 3 months. Of course, for some of us, just hanging with pets sounds awesome, but we don’t hang out with pets like Maja Smrekar does. She breastfed a puppy and fertilized one of her eggs with what she says was a “fat cell” from another of her dogs. Mmm hmm. This video that documents her “art” is another thing to add to the can’t-ever-unsee-it list. The jury that awarded her the prize said“What is making this artwork so special is the total commitment of the artist.” Apparently, I just don’t understand art. Or commitment. Or what cool people do with their pets.

They’ve had to make laws in numerous states to combat an apparent uptick in bestiality. One guy was arrested for sneaking into a neighbor’s yard and doing it with their donkey. Numerous times. This lady says she’s literally married to her dog. All of these people (Can’t-Unsee Warning) also claim to have romantic relationships with animals.

Bestiality is actually legal in these US states: Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. Apparently, parties are organized where people can engage in sex acts with animals. Publicly.

Not to be outdone, this gal is done with humanity altogether and says she now is…a cat. I wasn’t sure if this went in the bestiality section or where.

The emptiness of society

Perhaps people should first examine the depravity and frivolity that passes for art and entertainment these days.  A walk in the woods to look at fall leaves will not suffice for much of the population.

People are so desperate for that rush of endorphins that they’re constantly seeking something more and more outrageous to give it to them. Normal things no longer give them that fleeting feeling of joy. Their own lives are so empty that they focus on the lives of people famous for being famous to fill them up.

When society is more interested in reality television than actual reality, how can we expect that same society will be invested in our future?

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zzzz88's picture

yes, we are.

i feel the smell of grave living in united states, more and more.

the society is full of fraud, lie, violence, corruption, 

07564111's picture

It's not just the USA, this is every where and I sadly admit that Russia is no exception.

samsara's picture

I think you are right. It's nearly a global thing.

It's like everybody hitting the same point on the graph at the same time

Stuck on Zero's picture

Pliny said that the end of an empire is signalled when perversion is called art.

HRH Feant2's picture

I have Starz channel as part of my cable package. Watching the latest episode of "Outlander" and it is flat out pornography.

The new show before this one? It was about how a young lady is taught how to engage in "transactional relationships." I read the show description. Basically that new show is about how to be a prostitute!

I can't tell you how many stories I have read on Drudge and Breitbart about women having sex with dogs. It is sick. And women that videotaped it themselves or allowed a BF to video it which is how they ended up being charged for cruelty to animals.

How do you even get to the point where you think having sex with an animal is possible?

Ms No's picture

When you mentioned the beastiality it reminds me of Caligula.  Whatever you do don't watch that movie.

PKD Talked about this.  We aren't going back to Rome, it crept forward.


loebster's picture

Bestiality, you say?

Well, haven't they been teaching everyone that man is descended from animals? So there you have it.

HRH Feant2's picture

No way in fricking hell am I clicking on that link!

HRH Feant2's picture

I spent a semester in Rome as part of a study abroad program back in 1997.

Walked all over the city of Rome and visited many areas not accessible to tourists.

It isn't like this kind of sick behavior is new; however, I don't remember open discussions of sex with animals in Ancient Rome. Furthermore, I do not deny that Caligula was certainly one sick human being.

20 years ago people were discussing Bill Clinton diddling a young woman with a cigar in the Oval Office. Now we are discussing people fucking dogs and recording it on their cell phone.

I don't know what to say. I am not some prude but compared to this nonsense? Jeez it makes me seem like the Virgin Mary! I am not. Far from it. But this is some seriously sick and twisted thinking out loose in the world.

OverTheHedge's picture

I would suggest that we have quite a way to go before we catch up with the Romans. Public ritual murder for entertainment is currently only fantasy violence on make believe television.

BennyBoy's picture



Oh wait, everything described has always been around, nothing new, some variations. 

Ho hum

losses mount's picture

It may well be Ho Hum to you.

But I run the Gerbil rehabilitation program out of the Poofters Paradise Bathhousing project.

And I've never been busier.

espirit's picture

There will be enclaves of normalcy, but don't expect them to be less hostile toward deviants.

Sanity Bear's picture

Friend of mine was complaining that the TV his kids are watching are filled with... ah, how shall we say... "alternative sexuality".

I had to point him to anime as an alternative. Japanese values aren't an exact match but they're a hell of a lot more familiar to someone from a Western tradition than is the all-out nihilist hedonism of the modern left.

Tarjan's picture

"The poodle bites! The poodle chews it!"

Frank Zappa, Over-nite Sensation, Dirty Love, 1973

Seems not much new.


wcole225's picture

And when right is called wrong and wrong called right. We're there

vegan's picture

"Only sick music makes money today." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Der Fall Wagner, 1888

SixIsNinE's picture

wonder who would downvote you Willy -
maybe some pedos? afraid their time is up?


WillyGroper's picture

perhaps they're making "money."

or some folks simply recoil when their pov is challenged.

who cares...those charts say quite a bit.

Arrow4Truth's picture

The dis-ease has infiltrated every culture over time. More than likely, the manifestation will not end well. 

SixIsNinE's picture

not if we take the antidote.

which is why the DEA is key to destroying the problems.

which is why I have done what it takes to get the antidote to humanity.

but this is "just" a comment section in the zerolounge.

i wouldn't dare think anyone would actually raise an actual hand to do something in real life, now would i?

Mr. Pain's picture

We reach the same point in the nations of the world because all the nations are near collapse, both economically and morally. What follows is anyones guess. I don't really care to see the end game.

chestergimli's picture

There are plenty of Jews in Russia.

khnum's picture

The smell I get is more the stench of the stideon pit the west is now a habitation of zombies,ghouls,demoniacs,newtered men and bitches with kick start vibrators and roll your own tampons

Ms No's picture

No... It's "A hideous power buried for eons in the form of degenerate molecules" + "An ungodly place of desert hooker pain" + "Demented child kings" +"Tax collectors and other forms of trash."  -PKD and some Hedger

You could probably throw a Pentagon wizardry and a Babylonian and Roman mystery cult in there.  Or if you wish to condense it: generally fucked.

HRClinton's picture

Paging Dr. Lecter. Dr. H. Lecter to the red phone please.

Plenty of degenerates for HL to dispose of FBO society. 

4freedom78's picture

Sadly only the Armageddon will save us

ebworthen's picture

Except this time there are nukes.

Ms No's picture

Depending on how you look at it that may be a good thing.  Plus the north magentic pole is moving at least 40 miles a year.

This leaves a shielding vulnerability on the backside.  This pic shows generally what it looked like a few years ago.  It's speeding up.  If things are going to go wrong you want them to go REALLY WRONG, no point in half assing that shit. 

Earth’s magnetic field protects us from solar storms and cosmic rays.  Cosmic rays up 13% on US west coast and 19% on east coast, as per sunspot drop.  Deep solar minimum will bring lots of cosmic rays.  It's not a for-sure thing but if these bitches get out of control we must count our blessings.  ( :

Also note the chart on left hand side tracking sunspot free days. 2008 was the worst in over 100 years. Off the chart now but 2009 is still there.

Rapunzal's picture

I'm curious how long it will take for the west to decline. The finale will come sudden, like an exponential curve in an economic collapse.

attila404's picture

The West will die with a wimper. It will be a long and painful death.

Anteater's picture

Americans are the most gullible people on Earth.

This is NOT the death of Empire. This is the Birth.

This is the BIRTH of a New American Century Empire.

This is the Epoch of the Uber 1%, self-styled 'Makers'

who have made off with everything not nailed down,

dumped all their SCDO usurious, onerous, odious and

criminal debt on our backs, then gorged on TRILLIONS

in free credit, QEning until it exceeds the value of all real

property in the US, all the lands, buildings, airports, rails,

all of it is 'owed' (sic) to the New American Royalty being

birthed right before our addled, stress-positioned, sleep-

deprived, water-boarded gaze.



$4TRILLION  a year plus $1TRILLION more deficit is

-$14 BILLION A DAY...POOF! Straight to the red abyss.

chestergimli's picture

Take from them what they have taken from you. Deal double unto them what they have dealt unto you. Destroy any and all monetary systems and remove the numerical value from everything. Then all of the money that they have will not be worth a sneeze. Then they will have to work for their sustenance just like about 99% of the rest of us.

OverTheHedge's picture

Kudos to Tyler for finding the time to dig out this article: you would think that they are too busy to read  oddball prepper blogs.

Things go in cycles: Georgian England was a very lax, open society with much sexual excess, particularly amoung the upper classes. Victorian morality was the entirely.expeced antithesis. I have to say that I am not looking forward to the moral backlash - you can already see something like it in the lefty blqahsggfyrgfbdvgfhtytyis gender weirdness being required for all irrespective of their personal beliefs. All we need now is something similar, but with good, old fashioned religious morality. Perhaps a new religion, perhaps an old religion but with hard rules (Islam as currently practiced in Saudi Arabia, for example).

The thought police are coming for you, and it will be a societally agreed violence, not a state aggression. As I said, I'm not looking forward to it.

FBaggins's picture

The establishment is not behaving as if it is the end of their empire. They are behaving as if they are drunk with power and can do anything they want with absolute impunity. 

consider me gone's picture

Well Hitler was still barking out orders to generals who weren't listening and commanding armies that didn't exist right up until the bitter end. Delusion is typical in the decline and accelerates in final hours. 

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Hitler was in Argentina at the end.

land_of_the_few's picture

Oh good show, I do hope he boned up on his Spanish. Otherwise just another loud tourist "Weißt du nicht, wer ich bin?" - don't you know who i am?

"Nein, ich esse keine Churros"

techpriest's picture

That was sort of true in the 90s, but "deficits don't matter" Cheney helped to kick off the irreversible debt binge. Both as an aide to Reagan but especially as Bush's vice president. I think the multipolar world is going to be upon us very soon.

However, I'm watching infrastructure collapse, such as the Oroville Dam case not long ago in CA, and now the hurricane taking out all of PR's grid. We'll have transgender bathrooms but no water to flush the toilet, and no electricity to work the lights. A lot of people are going to learn the real priorities really damn fast as that day approaches.

OverTheHedge's picture

And then the backlash. See my comment above.

runswithscissors's picture

This is exactly why I take my son to the gun range. 

HRClinton's picture

Not nearly enough. He also needs to become a black belt in a sensible martial art. E.g. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Kempo, or Krav Maga.

khnum's picture

May I also suggest management,leadership and psychology you want him to run bartertown not just be the help

unsafe-space-time's picture

Aint nobody running shit after this. And if they are I will assassinate the punk.

Freedom or death

Taffy Lewis's picture

Life here in flyover country is wonderful... The west and east coasts could slide into the ocean tomorrow, and it wouldn't change my day one bit.

espirit's picture

You are absolutely right. I spent 2 1/2 months there waiting for Yellowstone to blow.

It was great.

wcole225's picture

Love flyover country but you're in denial if you think it doesn't have its own excess of decadence and depravity. God hating evil is everywhere. It's all just degrees.

Taffy Lewis's picture

Yes you are correct. I guess there is more space to be able to avoid the decadence and depravity, and I pick and choose time of day.