Gene Edward Veith offers a positive review of a new history of the final days of Rome, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland. Veith also draws some parallels to modern-day America:
Ultimately, what did in the republic was a moral failure. The Roman religion had little, if any, moral content. “Honor” could inspire great deeds, but it also could justify the untrammeled pursuit of selfish ambition. Politicians made themselves above the law. Vicious politics destroyed national unity. The people themselves traded their freedom for charismatic leadership, peace, prosperity, and a government strong enough to take care of them and keep them entertained. They lacked the worldview to sustain a republic.
With Americans abandoning their Christian roots, the bedrock on which the nation was built, how much longer will the United States survive as a republic?