One trait of imperial decadence is untrammeled hubris. Given the increasingly arrant arrogance on display by United States’ officials, public figures and news media we can safely conclude that this empire is accelerating into decadence. A recent spectacular example comes with separate visits to Europe by US defense secretary James Mattis and
America has relentlessly meddled in scores of countries to determine election outcomes. Steve Bannon is but the latest brazen expression of US malign activity.