Summary: The common responses to the increasing political violence in America range from cheering (for "our side") to complacency. But the history of other republics, such as Rome and Weimar, show that political violence can spin out of control quickly, with ugly consequences. Our tolerance for it makes this possible. This is a follow-up to The … Continue reading Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.
Summary: Sunday's post asked if America is like the late Roman Empire. The good news is that it's not. The bad news is that in an important sense we're like the last generations of the Roman Republic. Rome's people grew weary of carrying the burden of self-government, just as we have. But we can change. … Continue reading America isn’t falling like the Roman Empire. It’s falling like Rome’s Republic.
Summary: What happens as a nation of citizens becomes a plutocracy ruling subjects? The people's psychology must change to match their new situation. It happened as Roman Republic fell; it's happening today in America. A theme of the original Star Trek is that humanity was not meant for slavery; we always rise up and … Continue reading After generations of waiting, we see that America is the New Rome (but not in a good way)
Summary: The Plebes of Rome asked what is the law? Show it to us, rather than merely handing down verdicts. So in 451 BC the Senate appointed 10 men to draw up the law. They inscribed it upon 12 bronze tablets and publicly displayed them in the Forum. Since then the essence of law in … Continue reading Watch the Constitution die right now as we burn a 2452 year old vital legal precedent
Summary: This is post #1701 on the FM website. It's a summary, guessing about the future of America based on the evidence and theories presented here (and at DNI) during the past 7 years. The title describes the theme; at the end are links to more information. Most modern systems are robust, so that great disasters usually require a … Continue reading For America to prosper it must first burn