Anthony Everitt’s Rise of Rome is fascinating history and a great read. It tells the story of ancient Rome, from its founding (circa 750 BCE) to the fall of the Roman Republic (circa 45 BCE).
When read together, striking parallels emerge — between our failings and the failings that destroyed the Roman Republic. As with Rome just before the Republic’s fall, America has seen:
1 — Staggering Increase in the Cost of Elections, with Dubious Campaign Funding Sources:
2 — Politics as the Road to Personal Wealth
3 — Continuous War: A national state of security arises, distracting attention from domestic challenges with foreign wars.
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
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he philosopher George Santayana once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To which I might add that those who remember Santayana’s maxim also seem condemned to repeat the phrase.
Ask anyone if they see similarities between Rome and America, and they are likely to respond with a resounding, “Yes!” But I have also found that people who see similarities between Rome and America see different similarities. Some see similarities in our moral decay. Others see similarities in pride, arrogance, and hubris. But all seem to agree that we are repeating the mistakes of the past and need to change our ways.