Suddenly, partisan politics isn’t just the shade of Hitler, it’s the fall of Ancient Rome

Suddenly, partisan politics isn’t just the shade of Hitler, it’s the fall of Ancient Rome
Once a hegemon. (Image: Wanderlust Konig, travellerspoint.com)

[Ed. – Krugman either makes up stories to frighten himself with here, or characterizes things the Democrats do every time they get the chance to as a descent into vicious tyranny — if the Republicans are doing it.  I think he’s officially lost his mind.]

Roman politics involved fierce competition among ambitious men. But for centuries that competition was constrained by some seemingly unbreakable rules. Here’s what Adrian Goldsworthy’s “In the Name of Rome” says: “However important it was for an individual to win fame and add to his and his family’s reputation, this should always be subordinated to the good of the Republic … no disappointed Roman politician sought the aid of a foreign power.”

America used to be like that, with prominent senators declaring that we must stop “partisan politics at the water’s edge.” But now we have a president-elect who openly asked Russia to help smear his opponent, and all indications are that the bulk of his party was and is just fine with that. …

We may not go down exactly the same route — although are we even sure of that? — but the process of destroying democratic substance while preserving forms is already underway. …

And let’s be clear: This is a Republican story, not a case of “both sides do it.”

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