“When an insecure, malleable, relativistic culture meets a culture that is anchored, confident and strengthened by common doctrines, it is generally the former that changes to suit the latter.” ~ writes Christopher Caldwell in his 2009 book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe.
A nation without a culture is like a body without a mind. The decline of Western culture began after the First World War, and by the 1990s the process was complete—Western culture was finished. The reason that the Western countries (chiefly the USA and the UK) are still standing is because they are far ahead of other nations in the areas of technology, finance, and military capabilities. But with their culture gone, they are incapable of using their collective mind to make appropriate use of their technological, financial, and military strengths—and their polices have become self-destructive. They have discarded their republican and democratic model of politics and adopted a fascist system. Fascism is enabling them to preserve order in their society, but it has the side-effect of institutionalizing corruption and incompetence in their politics and economy.
The western countries have known (at a subconscious level), since the 1960s, that their civilization is coming to an end. That is why they have become obsessed with apocalyptic end of the world theories: Ice Age, Global Warming, Acid Rain, Ozone Layer Depletion, Climate Change, Global Pandemic, and a few others. They can’t think of anything except an apocalypse.