A Sober Reminder From History

This post will be short.  Though I’m keeping an eye on the New Hampshire primary, as many of you are, I must also juggle that interest with the fact that the college is back in session for the spring semester.  I have another batch of terrific students signed up for my classes.  Hopefully, they’re as excited as I am.

Still, I can’t resist the chance to offer a snippet of history.  Last night I was perusing an older book on the history of Rome.  Published in 1947, it’s by W. Warde Fowler and bears the simple title, Rome.  I found nothing with much shock value until I reached the very end of the book:

“From Marcus Aurelius onwards the strain of self-defence [sic] was too great to allow of progress in any social or political sense.  The monarchy became more absolute, the machinery of government more complicated; the masses were overtaxed, and the middle classes ruined.”

Perhaps there are times when history really does repeat itself?

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One thought on “A Sober Reminder From History

  1. That was only the Western Empire. The Eastern portion, while not exactly a beacon of egalitarianism, was much more capable of balancing resources with demands and existed for another thousand years, bringing forward much of Western culture that would otherwise have been lost. I think there are a great many lessons we can learn from a forgotten people, who survived some spectacular military reverses in one century and yet thrived in the next.

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