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Is The United States The Modern Roman Empire? by tucsonmike on 16 September 2011 2:54am
 
I am reading a book called Are We Rome? by Atlantic Magazine writer Cullen Murphy. I leave y'all to answer the question, then I will throw in my two cents.
 
Re: Is The United States The Modern Roman Empire? by Ken Dunn on 16 September 2011 7:19am
 
Not necessarily but there are similarities. I've heard the USA described as the world's policeman and I think that is fitting.
 
Re: Is The United States The Modern Roman Empire? by kazzzz on 17 September 2011 10:42pm
 
Yes well what have the Romans ever done for us? (Apart from the roads, aquaducts etc etc)
 
Re: Is The United States The Modern Roman Empire? by Loretto on 18 September 2011 2:25am
 
The wine?

I did read a little bit about the book Mike. I was gleening a bit of info from two places, an NPR interview with Murphy in 2007 and the New York Times Book Review in 2007 also.

Two things have struck me about this book,
1. According to the NY Times Book Review in 1956 450 out of 750 of Princeton grads went on to serve in the military, whereas 8 out of 1,100 in the class of 2004 did.
2. The review also cites 4 lines of a Byron poem that seem to capture the book according to the author of the review....
“There is the moral of all human tales;
’Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory — when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption — barbarism at last.”

So Americans, elite class, don't see fighting for their country as their job, instead it is the job of the lower classes? Are we importing immigrants to enlist in the army then, are these the new "barbarians?"

I suppose you could compare any historical empire to the USA really.
What was that line from Animal Farm?
"All power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."

In order to be an empire you have to exact a corruption of power to begin with. The foundations of the majority of empires: Slavery and plundering; nowadays we call them work and banking.




 



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