This is how leaders stay in power. They use symbols of the culture (Hitler used Thor and Swastikas and George W. Bush used Eagles and flags) and then they find a person to blame, so that this way as long as the world is a war zone, the leader will always wield much greater power than otherwise. This is the result of letting culture die. These tyrant styled rulers control people with mob rule and getting people's hatreds against one other group. It usually follows trends toward consumerism and increased policing. You give up your culture at your own peril, because others will use it against you.