Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Roman Empire

Many people have likened the decline of America to other past world powers, like Rome.

It is interesting to me that so many people see the parallels, & have talked about the similarities for years. The points below are from a leftist, who compiled them after reading Anthony Everitt’s 'Rise of Rome'. I though his points were pretty solid, but the similarities do not stop there. 

1 — Staggering Increase in the Cost of Elections, with Dubious Campaign Funding Sources: 
2 — Politics as the Road to Personal Wealth:
3 — Continuous War: 
4 — Foreign Powers Lavish Money/Attention on the Republic’s Leaders: 
5 — Profits Made Overseas Shape the Republic’s Internal Policies:
6 — Collapse of the Middle Class: 
7 — Gerrymandering: 
8 — Loss of the Spirit of Compromise: 

All of his points were carefully cherry picked to show a wall street correlation, & blame for the republicans. But this decline has been going on for a long time, & includes a lot of other factors. I probably only agree with #2 & 3 above as major factors in the decline of rome & paralleled with the us. I would add,
1. moral decay.
2. Increase of dependency & govt entitlements.
3. deficit spending/fiat currency.
4. growth of corruption in the government sector.
5. plundering the public treasury.

These are typical symptoms of decline of successful nations. They build, grow, & prosper, then slowly decay from within. We are taking the same path, just doing it faster than rome.

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