5 troubling lessons for America from Ancient Rome

5 troubling lessons for America from Ancient Rome

[Ed. – This headline is shameless clickbait.  Also posted for its thought-provoking qualities, even though I don’t agree with the way everything is framed.]

The Romans spent almost 500 years as a republic before Julius Caesar’s adopted son Augustus became the first Roman emperor. The Romans moved on from having kings to becoming the first republic, to sliding backward into monarchy and tyranny and it’s not impossible that America will follow a similar trajectory.  In fact, if you study Roman history, it’s not hard to see the parallels.

1) It’s Extremely Dangerous To Introduce Violence Into The Political Process:  … [The killing of political leader Tiberius Gracchus] by surrounding him, ripping the legs off benches and beating him to death … was the start of a long, violent, slippery slope in Rome as political violence became ever more common. In time, politicians had their own gangs that fought in the street. …

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4) When People Can’t Get Justice Under The Law, They Will Go Outside The Law:  … As we have become ever more tribal in America, we have started to simply not care about being fair to our political adversaries. The “free press” is hopelessly hostile and biased toward conservatives.

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