Decadence may be an inevitable outgrowth of modernity, but it doesn’t necessarily presage decline and fall. Liberty, properly understood as based on self-discipline, is the best bulwark against social and moral decay.
American master essayist Joseph Epstein adds Gossip to his literary quiver.
Strategy Is as Strategy Does
Edward Luttwak’s The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
eruditely makes the case that such a thing actually existed.