Barry, I'm not sure this is a great allusion. Certainly the signs were there in 1968. The fact that so many are only now pulling their collective heads out of the sand, well that is just hubris.
This is far worse than 'ancient Rome'; for what we are speaking of, it is the end of humanity itself guided by highly damaged and clinicly insane persons who have been elevated to positions of authority, not by their virtue; no, but by their emense wealth which belies a fragile ego.
Read the actual transcripts from Yuval Noah Harari, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Maurice Strong, Alexander King and others. What you find is a highly damaged psyche, but due to emense wealth they shape and form destructive policies which are absolutely anti-human and anti-life.
Certainly the current state of affairs is not anti-fragile or resilient, but if we look at the ancient texts, further back than ancient Rome, we understand that in some shape or fashion we, as a human species, have been in asimilar state before.