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?