I believe that America has decayed beyond the point of no return. Unlike conservatives I don't believe that the decay stems from the breakup of the family, from turning away from Christianity, from homosexuality, or from drugs. The advanced state of decadence that the United States is experiencing right now is due to the decay and corruption of societal institutions on all levels. The government, the corporate world, religion itself, the media, higher education, primary education, law enforcement, all have become or are in their very essence corrupt, tuned into instruments of obfuscation and exploitation, and emmisaries of injustice. The only solution is to destroy the current system and build a new one in its place.
Unlike the beatniks I don't think that America has lost its soul. I think America's soul is dead, if it ever existed.
I sympathise with the Decadent literary movement that existed in the latter part of the 19th century, as well as the Russian Nihilists, who both had a similar attitude.