April 5, 2009
Guide to "The Jewish History of the World"
The Jewish History of the World
Source: The Christian Solution book
Bootstrap of the Roman Empire
Why is the Roman Empire so important today?
Many have pondered the fall of Rome and how it bodes for our wondrous country. -- A wonderful question that has never been fully answered -- until now.
First off, the reason we worry about the fall of Rome is dishonestly portrayed.
We do not care about the fall of a pagan Rome, any more than we care for the fall of a pagan Babylon.
Christians do not defend and do not mourn for the fall of a Roman-Pagan people who had tried to conquer every neighbor they ever had.
Americans do not relate to empire and abhor it.
In fact, American Christians are the exact opposite of the Pagan-Roman society so often depicted in the Hollywood movies of the militant Caesars, the sexual debaucheries of Caligula and Cleopatra, the sadistic debauchery of Nero and Commodus, the political intrigues of Brutus, the enslavement and brutal defeat of the Spartacus slave revolt, the total destruction of Carthage, and of course, the persecutions of Christians.
The part that interests many is how Rome, established as a Republic, was transformed into the base Roman society Christians are repulsed by.
This first question will be answered by this article.
But there is a second side to the Roman Empire.
While the decline of Rome did begin while the Roman-pagans were still firmly in control, the actual fall of Rome happened after Christians had inherited the reigns of power.
So the story of the decline and fall of Rome is not just the story of the "decline" of a Roman-Pagan people, but it is also the story of the "fall" of a converted people who had found salvation in Christ.
This question will also be answered here.
The fall of Rome was the fall of a Christian Rome and that is why it should be of interest to us today.
First Analysis: Edward Gibbons was dead wrong
Since Christians had control (or appeared to have control) as Rome went off the cliff, Edward Gibbons, in his definitive 1776 book on the subject, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", places partial blame for Rome's fall on the Christians themselves.
He said that Christians just did not have the same warrior spirit of the infamous Roman legionnaire and believed that their "Kingdom" was not Rome, but Heaven, so they did not adequately defend Rome.
First off, if the fall of Rome was needed to rid the world completely of warrior spirit Roman-pagans, then Christians should be thanked not blamed.
Second, the invading barbarians were largely Christian themselves, having been previously converted by Christian missionaries. It was pagan Vikings and Huns which came after Rome fell.
Third, Christianity lived on in the "more Christian" Eastern half of the Roman Empire for another thousand years, proving that devout Christians will indeed defend Christianity.
Fourth and MOST IMPORTANT, Gibbons fails to give any weight to the bad influence of Judaism on the Roman Empire -- The subject of this history.
In fact, Gibbons is flat out wrong in his entire analysis.
This author's take on the cause of this disaster have the NT Jews initiating "The Decline of Rome" during the Roman-pagan stage and subsequently, have the NT Jews agitating Rome's enemies to affect "The Fall of Rome" during the Roman-Christian stage.
After these two time-line sections, we will finally discuss "The Causes of the Decline and Fall".
We will start our discussion of the Decline of Rome with a time-line.
The Decline of Rome
Timetable of Roman Empire
Rome is born
|Begin Roman Republic
|Pompey Conquers Israelites
|Caesar "Crosses the Rubicon"
|Caesar in Civil War with Pompey
|Julius Caesar Assassinated
|End Roman Republic
|Begin Roman Empire
|Augustus Caesar made emperor
|Jesus Christ born
|Tiberius made emperor
|Caligula made emperor
|Claudius made emperor
|Nero made emperor
|Jewish Nero Revolt
|Second Temple Destroyed
|Jewish Kitos Revolt
|Jewish Bar Kokhba Revolt
|Second Diaspora officially begins
|"Gladiator" Emperor Marcus Aurelias dies
|Rome begins decline
|Constantine tolerates Christianity
|Theodosius makes Christianity official
|End Roman Empire
With the overthrow of the monarch Tarquin the Proud, having been so abusive of his powers, the Senate refused to elect a new king to replace him.
Thus, Rome started off as America did, by deciding that Kings always become too powerful over the rights of citizens and wanting no more of it.
Like America, Rome no longer trusted centralized power. Theirs would be a decentralized government fashioned on the decentralized Greek city-state model of government, where Rome (the federal government) did little more than keep the peace among city-states. In early America, before the 17th Amendment of 1913, the federal government was also decentralized, with the States retaining most of the power to rule their respective State.
Thus, the Roman Republic was established in 509 BC.
Rome then built itself up over an expansive period of 500 years, as a stable Republic with a representative Senate in full control.
It even absorbed the previously ascendant Greek civilization by 146 BC.
Pompey had become the darling of the masses
In his consulship (70 BC), Pompey openly broke with the aristocracy and became the great popular hero. By 69 BC, Pompey was the darling of the Roman masses.
That would all soon change.
Pompey conquers the Israelites
In 63 BC, when Roman Consul Pompey, who Plutarch would portray as "the Roman Alexander the Great", made the fatal decision to enter and conquer semi-free Israel, thereby making Pompey and thus Rome, a blood-enemy of the Israelites.
The Pharisees, Sadducees and media-Scribes operating within and without the Roman Empire, immediately retaliated with smear campaigns that would turn Rome against Pompey, lead Rome to tyranny, and eventually, lead to its utter destruction.
Same as in America, the Jewish media-Scribes would convince ordinary Roman citizens that the Senate did not represent them, that Pompey was not really the hero of Rome they thought he was, and that they should have someone to champion "the people" instead of "the Roman nobility."
That "champion of the little guy", we would come to know as the military leader Julius Caesar.
In 49 BC, 15 years after Pompey conquered Israel, Caesar had "crossed the Rubicon" to the jubilation of "the people", in pursuit of Pompey as enemy of the state in a Roman Civil War.
Pompey escaped to Egypt where he was assassinated.
Caesar arrived shortly thereafter, but when presented with Pompey's head, he removed Ptolemy XIII and replaced him with Cleopatra.
Not that the Romans of the day felt the Earth shudder under their feet, but 15-years after Rome had conquered Israel, the Roman Republic of 500 years had become permanently altered.
Pompey, Consul, Protector of Rome, General of all Roman Armies, probably never knew who the real enemy was who had caused his demise.
The Rise of the Caesars
After Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate by Brutus, a descendant of the founder of Rome, the Republic was temporarily restored under the Senate.
But the underlying damage by the Jewish media-Scribes had already been done.
"The masses" wanted a leader who spoke for them. The Jewish media-Scribes had already convinced "the masses" that the Senate was corrupt beyond redemption.
They would get their uncorrupted leader -- for now. The Senate would become a figure-head to the real power of Caesar.
Octavian was the true heir to their leader, Caesar, and he was indeed a virtuous man; however, Nero and Caligula were just around the corner.
"The masses" had not come close to seeing true corruption and the beastly existence which the Jewish media-Scribes were leading them into. If they were to know, they would be praising the nearly-virtuous Senate they already had.
Octavian would take the title Augustus, defeat Anthony and Cleopatra in 31 BC, would assume almost absolute power, retaining only a pretense of the former Republican form of government.
Herodian Anthony, sidekick of Julius Caesar, fighting Herodian Octavian, in a modern-day Republican-Democratic fight for supremacy, while the true Republic stood by in horror.
The Senate would give appearances of functioning to most, but it had little real power now.
Rome, 30 years after taking Israel, now had a dictatorial Judeo-Emperor.
The Sadducees and Pharisees had succeeded in destroying the moral base of Rome.
But no Romans had noticed the responsible party causing the damage.
This destruction of the Greek city-state model, which the Romans had copied, would slowly, but eventually, lead to the centralized power of dictators and subsequent loss of support from the citizens within.
At first, the early emperors gave appearances and maintained that "res publica" still existed, albeit under their extraordinary emergency powers, and that they would eventually return the Republic to its full Republican form.
A line in the movie, "Gladiator", would have the good emperor Marcus Aurelius return Rome to a Republic, but power corrupts absolutely and Rome continued toward empire.
All in all, "first citizen" called "princes" would become the modern word "prince", while the title of the victorious Roman commander, "imperator" would become "emperor", while finally the word "Caesar" would become the German word "Kaiser" and the Russian word "C'zar" (Czar) or "T'zar" (Tsar).
Following Augustus Caesar (Octavian) was Rome's second Emperor, Tiberius, who ruled during the preaching and crucifixion of Jesus, under the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.
Following Tiberius, in 37 AD, a dynasty was initiated with the insane Caligula and ended with the heartless Nero in 68 AD. The first NT Jewish revolt began during Nero's reign, in 66 AD; it would not conclude until 73 AD, by Vespasian after Nero's death.
Emperor Nero converts to Judaism
First Emperor to persecute Christians
Second Temple Destroyed
-- 70 AD --
Per the Talmud, Nero had officially converted to Judaism after visiting Jerusalem in 66 AD.
Not surprisingly, Nero would also be the first emperor to persecute Christians after the great fire of Rome in 64 AD, and would be responsible for killing the Apostles Peter and Paul.
Meanwhile, following the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Sanhedrin would reconvene in Yavneh in 70 AD.
With Judea firmly back under Roman control though, and if you agree that Nero converted to Judaism Jew, then you have to agree that Judaism had a large influence or that Rome had place a big olive branch into the hands of the Jews to keep them in line, after regaining control. If you believe this then Rome might now be classified as a Judeo-Roman Empire. Certainly, it makes sense as Rome was entering an era under "The Five Good Emperors", beginning in 96 AD and finishing in 180 AD with the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelias of Gladiator fame. Judeo-Rome would be at its pinnacle of power, reaching its greatest extent with its renowned Pax Romana (Roman peace)
Jewish Kitos Revolt of 115-117 AD
Rome was on top of the world and in the middle of the reign of the Five Good Emperors. None knew that a long forgotten occurrence of destroying the Temple 45 years earlier, was never forgotten by the Jews now infesting their Roman bureaucracies.
During the empire-wide NT Jewish Kitos Revolt against Rome in 115-117 AD, Edward Gibbons was not just speaking of Christians:
"Humanity is shocked at the recital of the horrid cruelties which Jews committed in the cities of Egypt, of Cyprus, and of Cyrene, where they dwell in treacherous friendship with the unsuspecting natives and we are tempted to applaud the severe retaliation which was exercised by the arms of legions against a race of fanatics, whose dire and credulous superstition seemed to render them the implacable enemies not only of Roman government, but also of humankind."
--Edward Gibbon (Womersely ODNB pp11, 12)
Obviously, Gibbon wrote this long before one would be denounced and ran out of "respectable" centers of power as being anti-Semitic.
There is more in Gibbon's footnotes detailing the magnitude of NT Jewish destruction:
"In Cyrene, the Jews massacred 220,000 Greeks; in Cyprus, 240,000; in Egypt, a very great multitude.
-- footnotes of Edward Gibbons
No mention if the Jews were slaughtering Christians or Roman pagans.
Many of these unhappy victims were sawed asunder, according to a precedent to which David had given sanction of his examples.
The victorious Jews devoured the flesh, licked up the blood, and twisted the entrails like a girdle around their bodies.
--see Dion Cassius I, lxviii, p. 1145
Nice civilized guys, these Jews.
Jewish Bar Kokhba Revolt
Implacable enemy indeed, for yet another revolt was coming in the next generation of NT Jews, 25 years later.
The NT Jewish Revolt by leader Shimon Bar Kokhba of 132-135 AD was the last straw for Roman tolerance.
The Five Good Emperors, Trajan, already had to put down a second revolt of Judea with the Kitos War of 115-117 AD. A revolt every generation, 70 AD, 115 AD, and 132 AD, from already conquered peoples was not acceptable in Roman tradition.
Rome gives Jerusalem the Carthage treatment
Second Diaspora Begins
-- 140 AD --
In Roman tradition, the civilized world knew that when Carthage revolted a second time with Hannibal's Elephants descending menacingly on Rome, the Roman response would have Roman soldiers sewing Carthage grain fields with salt and having the city of Carthage taken apart until "one stone did not set upon another".
After the Bar Kokhba Revolt, Jerusalem would finally get the Carthage treatment itself from Rome.
Israel had been free for two and a half years under Bar Kokhba, but would pay dearly once the Romans regained control.
In Roman custom, Jerusalem was "plowed up with a yoke of oxen."
Jerusalem would be leveled, Judea was renamed Palaestinia, and the NT Jews would be dispersed in a two-thousand-year Diaspora.
Many were shipped all over the Roman world as slaves.
Some escaped to the Judeo-Persian Empire and would make their reappearance 500 years later.
Some escaped to Arabia, eventually establishing Islam in their ultimate revenge, but also 500 years into the future.
Millions of Jewish Hannibals unleashed within Rome
But per terms of the Diaspora, none was allowed to stay in Jerusalem, and the second Diaspora would become a disaster for Rome, for they had just brought Hannibal into their society. -- not their feared enemy, the Hannibal of Carthage -- but the terrorist Hannibal of Hollywood fame. -- the Hannibal Lecter who could devise all means of deceptions to instigate hideous evil upon others!
This Hannibal was far more menacing than the Hannibal of Carthage that they could see, attack and defend against, as this Hannibal was an undetectable menace spread throughout their mighty empire.
For now, the threat to Roman rule was unchallenged, while the battered NT Jews regrouped as an underground movement.
The next 40-years, from 140 AD to the end of The Five Good Emperors in 180 AD, the NT Jewish Hannibals, dispersed throughout the Roman Empire, taught themselves the Roman and Greek languages and the Roman customs as slaves.
And then, they taught their children Latin and Greek while becoming adjusted to the new Roman customs.
No longer would NT Jews revolt in pitched battle against Romans, for the battle cries of the Pharisees and the Sadducees would now be replaced by the meek and obedient Rabbinate System.
But the Pharisee and Sadducee Hannibals would forevermore operate by undercover deceptive cunning and by leveraging the might of others to fight their battles for them.
As will be repeated many times, once released upon society, it only takes two generations (around 40 years) for NT Jews to ascend into positions of power and influence in any society and then it only takes another two generations (another 40 years) to totally destroy that civilization.
In a word, Rome was unknowingly on its way to being completely transformed into a Judeo-Roman Empire.
Jewish traders become the middlemen
It can safely be said that the NT Jews quickly became the defacto middleman traders within the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire was the most vast, far-reaching, empire in history, yet news still traveled throughout this empire literally by word of mouth on the back of a horse, donkey or camel.
And that word of mouth most likely would be the word of a NT Jew traveling peddler.
Jews would barter and travel between --
- all the local provinces of the Roman Empire
- the Western and Eastern half's of the Roman Empire
- the Germanic Barbarian regions and the civilized Roman areas
- the Persian world and the Roman world
- the Arabian world and the Roman world
Each one of these opposing groups were fertile grounds for the slow acid-drip of Jewish propaganda. The local provinces would do battle between rich and poor, while being lead by the media-Scribes into moral depravity. The Western and Eastern halves would split. The Germans would invade, after Rome was weakened enough. The Persians would succeed in taking Jerusalem for a while. And finally, the Arabs would bring Islam in to finally take Jerusalem.
The opportunities for such middlemen traveling traders and merchants to create havoc were immense. Upon entering German territory, while drinking beer with the locals, they could have told Germans untrue stories that Romans were scared stiff of them and were planning to exterminate them. Upon returning to Roman lands, they could have told the Romans the exact same thing. Next thing you know, there is a German-Roman war. -- or a Persian-Roman war, or a pagan-Christian war, or a Citizen-slave war, etc.
With this in mind, realize that the first generation of NT Jewish Diaspora, in 140 AD, was from enslaved parents of the 132 AD Bar Kokhba revolt.
First, their freedom had to be bought.
Then the second generation of the Second Diaspora, around 160 AD, had grown up among Roman citizens, learned Latin and Greek and most importantly, learned where the levers of power were in their travels as merchants and traders. Trading money is little different than trading grain and they soon gained prominence in financial circles. Men with financial clout soon obtained political clout.
Gladiator emperor Marcus Aurelias dies in 180 AD
So 40 years had now passed since the Second Diaspora in 140 AD, and strangely, what would soon become the prevailing attitude in Rome after the death of Marcus Aurelius?
- Roman citizens would lose the will to fight
- They would lose the will to defend Rome
- Citizens felt Rome was not worth defending anymore
- The economy would become a shambles with runaway inflation
- They would lose their own faith in Roman Mythology
- They would be talked into indulging in decadent lifestyles
- Then when things turned ugly, they were convinced to lash out at the Christians as being the source of all their problems and persecuted them horribly.
The Babylons would see their destruction starting 40-years after they had destroyed the first Jewish Temple. Now, the Roman would see their 40-year time-span expire following their destruction of the Second Jewish Temple.
Roman citizens would no longer volunteer to defend the empire, so Rome began subsidizing entire barbarian tribes, such as Attacotti, Franks, Vandals, Alans, and Visigoths -- in exchange for providing soldiers to fight in the Roman armies. The Roman subsidy was food and money, but later, due to declining tax revenues, they were subsidized by allowing them to be billeted on local large landowners. This became the same as allowing them to settle in Roman territory and local landowners' loyalties dwindled as a result.
Questions to ask yourself about the Decline of Rome
How did Roman citizens lose their identity as Roman citizens and lose their patriotism?
How did a 700-year-old, previously sound, economy become financially insolvent?
Who would talk Romans into subsidizing barbarians?
Once the middle class was squeezed past the breaking point to where they gave up engaging in taxable professions and little tax revenues was coming in, who convinced Romans to allow the barbarians to immigrate onto Roman territory?
After the death of Marcus Aurelias in 180 AD, 40 years after the Bar Kokhba Revolt was settled in 140 AD, Pax Romana would become history as the grandchildren of the Diaspora NT Jews, now with political, economic and media power, would insure that the Roman world would crumble from within; "the final solution" ensured!
Per Wikipedia, for the "40 year period"
"from 193 to 235 AD, Rome experienced imperial collapse and external invasions. Anarchy reigned from 235 to 284 AD, with the "barrack emperors" of one military coup after another. Decline would be held off for a while by Diocletian, who in 293 AD split the Latin-dominated Western half and the Greek-dominated Eastern half."
The Fall of Rome
Christianity saves Rome
There was only one thing that saved Rome now -- The rise of Christianity.
So much for the historical analysis of Edward Gibbons!
The Pharisees and Sadducees had done their job well of totally destroying the faith and moral character of the Roman-pagans, but by the grace of God, the long-suffering Roman-pagans found salvation in Christ.
During those turbulent hundred-years after Marcus Aurelius in 180 AD, more and more Romans converted to Christianity.
Perhaps, we can only thank the Satanic Pharisees and Sadducees for the spread of Christianity.
Perhaps, we can think God's will that it be done.
This was obviously NOT in the game plan of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
God was spreading his grace and for the time being, the Jesus-deniers were again thwarted.
Constantine breaths life into the Roman Empire in 330 AD
On May 11, 330 AD, with Rome in decay, Constantine would made the virtuous rapidly Christianizing Bosporus port city of Byzantium the capital of the entire Roman Empire, later to be renamed, Constantinople.
Not stopping there, Constantine would grant religious tolerance toward Christianity for the first time and even converted to Christianity himself on his deathbed, just in time to name his Christian successor.
This would begin and establish a long-standing tradition of Christian Roman emperors.
Constantine was not without tolerance toward the NT Jews as well. He allowed the NT Jews to mourn their "defeat and humiliation" by the Roman-pagans once a year on Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall. Not much, but a start.
But on whole, the Christian Emperors never saw a need to overturn the pagan Emperors rule that Jesus-denying, trouble-making Jews were not allowed back in Jerusalem.
Theodosius makes Christianity the official religion in 392 AD
In 392 AD, Emperor Theodosius would take matters further, finally declaring Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, thus becoming the Roman Empire's first "Christian Prince". (The province of Armenia had become the first province of the Roman Empire to elect a "Christian prince". -- The same Armenian Christians that Islam would slay at the end of WW1)
Naturally, this did not set well with the Roman Senate, which was still largely Roman-pagan, but it really did not set well with the Pharisees and Sadducees who were fully expecting, anticipating and working towards Rome's total collapse.
Since the Roman Senate was still Roman-pagan, they were easily agitated by the media-Scribes into a Roman civil war, ignited by the assassination of the Christian emperor of the Western Roman Empire and subsequent appointment of an all-Pagan leadership by the Roman-pagan Senate.
This coup d'etat was put down by Theodosius's trusted General Stilicho during the Battle of the Frigidus.
The Irony of Caesar versus "The Republic"
Who would have imagined that the Pharisees who had originally created Caesar, would now be against the Christian Caesar and on the side of "The Republic"?
Stilicho's victory would re-unite the Roman Empire for the last time, but only for a short time.
The real importance of the Battle of the Frigidus is that it would permanently cement Christianity as the dominant faith for all time.
The Death of Stilicho also meant the death of Rome
Stilicho would be called upon over and over again to defend Rome against barbarian invasions.
Only in Stilicho's betrayal and death would Stilicho's archenemy, Alaric of the Visigoths, be able to lay siege to Rome as the first invading army in 800-years.
In 410 AD, Alaric completed his two-year siege entered Rome.
But just as Roman citizens still thought they had a Republic after Augustus took dictatorial control will leaving the Senate in place to give appearances of a Republic, so did the barbarians leave in place both the Senate and the Emperor to give the appearance that an Empire still existed.
Restriction of Jewish praying at the Temple site lifted
In 438 AD, the Eastern Empire was still alive even if the Western half just gave the appearance of being alive.
This was the year that Empress Eudocia removed the ban on NT Jews praying at the Temple site altogether.
To NT Jewish Pharisees, this would be seen as a sign of weakness, not a Christian act of charity.
The heads of the NT Jewish Community in Galilee issued a call "to the great and mighty people of the Jews" which began: "Know that the end of the exile of our people has come!"
Well enough, the exile had indeed come to an end, only to begin in earnest the preparations to betray their Christian benefactors altogether.
The Western Roman Empire falls
Only on September 4, 476 AD, did everyone know for sure that the Western Roman Empire was dead as the last Roman Western Emperor, Romulus Augustus, was replaced by a German barbarian, Odoacer.
At which time, the Sadducees and Pharisees immediately began plotting stage two of the defeat of Rome, the demise of the Eastern Roman Empire of the Byzantines.
They plotted and conspired with Western Civilization's arch enemies, the Persians, to invade Jerusalem in 614 AD for a short, but eventually unsuccessful 5-year period, followed by the more devastating but permanent invasion of their Islamic messiah, Muhammad, in 638 AD, 24 years later.
The Bootstrap of the Roman Empire -- completed!
Causes for the Decline and Fall
There are many explanations for the decline and fall of Rome, but none gets to the root cause. Many of the explanations given are (with comments):
Lack of innovation -- Rome did not innovate with new labor-saving technology, because it depended too much on slave labor (Yelp, especially dependant upon the Jewish slaves)
Financial collapse -- Due to inflation caused by the currency debasement started under Nero and due to huge governmental borrowing brought about by numerous civil wars and vast subsidies to Germanic tribes. (Evidence of Jewish Sadducees helping count the money?)
Loss of Roman character and loyalty: patriotism: Loss of the loyalty of the Roman soldier -- Loss of the morale and patriotism of Roman citizens. led to military manpower shortages, resulting in the need to enlist large quantities of foreign, non-citizen, mercenary barbarians into the ranks of Rome's Legions who were not ultimately loyal to Rome (Evidence of Jewish media-Scribes?)
Piracy and banditry -- A broken justice system, with the injustice allowing piracy and banditry to exist, which in turn caused a reduction in trade and industry (One set of justice for whites and another set of justice for barbarians?)
"Bread and Circuses" -- An immoral welfare state, where the barbarian hordes were "paid off" with food, clothing, employment in the military, and eventually, even immigration into Roman territory, in return for not rioting and sacking Roman citizens (Jewish Pharisees had demanded "equality" and "Progressive taxes"?)
Collapse of the cities -- Roman citizens, heavily taxed into poverty to pay for Bread and Circuses, having lost many children in endless wars, surrounded by barbarian crime and decadence, started leaving the "inner" cities for peaceful rural life, creating the beginnings of the feudal system, as life in the city became barbarized by the barbarians allowed to immigrate into Roman cities ("Immigrants make us strong!", say the media-Scribes)
Centralization of power -- The Caesars, who took dictatorial control, began destroying the self-ruling, self-sustaining city-state model that the Romans had adopted from the Greeks, resulting in feelings of lose of control by ordinary citizens and thereafter loss of Roman love for country. (The media-Scribes had told them that "states rights" people are all red-necked bigots?)
Chaos -- Further collapse as the disloyal barbarian soldiers started engaging in military coup d'etats (The media-Scribes had told them to be more "Tolerant" and "Inclusive"?)
Loss of culture and civilization -- Swarms of unassimilated foreigners entering the cities refused to engage in Roman society (But the Pharisees made sure they felt welcome by having everything written in both German as well as Latin, didn't they?)
Lead Poisoning -- The elite ruling class in Roman society, responsible for managing the economy, government and cultural affairs of Rome, in one example of innovation toward the end of the empire, adopted lead piping in their aqueduct water systems, leading to many premature deaths, just when their years of experience would be most valuable to Rome. (They had Chinese imports even back then?)
Many of these issues America faces today, except our lead poisoning, which today comes from Chinese imports, not water pipes.
Still, the underlying cause is still not addressed. Yes, financial collapse could cause the Roman Empire to fall apart. Yes, financial collapse is caused by government spending on "bread and circuses" and endless civil wars. But what causes an 800-year-old government to have all these problems simultaneously:
- A dependence on "slave" labor
- A financial stability problem
- A loss of Patriotism problem
- A loss of trade and business problem
- A welfare state problem
- A loss of religious faith problem
- An unjust justice system problem
- A strained middle class problem
- A dictatorial centralization of power
- A loss if individual and local freedoms problem
- A decay of morals problem
- A loss of civility problem
- An immigration problem
- An endless wars problem
- A lead poisoning problem
All at the same time?
Some things never change, do they?
This is a discussion of a play put on in the 1960's
"Slaves, Greeks and Jews":
The Politics of "Fall of the Roman Empire"
If (John) Kennedy was not a clear champion of civil rights early in his administration, however, he was closely associated with the cause of immigration reform.
In 1958, he had written a pamphlet, "A Nation of Immigrants", calling for an end to the "national origins" system of immigration quotas.
The publisher was the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai Brith, and the argument, which became a significant part of the rationale for the Immigration Act of 1965, was not that immigration should be restricted, but that the preference for Northern Europeans in the quota system was morally wrong.
In a crucial scene of the film, (Marcus) Aurelius' friend, the Greek freedman-philosopher Timonides addresses the (Roman) Senate, hoping to win approval for his settlement of Germans.
He argues that if "barbarians" are given "Roman freedom" and treated as equals, there will be no motive for attacks on the frontiers, as others will seek Romanization instead.
He incidentally argues, against the proposal that the Germans be enslaved, that slavery is unprofitable, in an obvious echo of the standard view of American slavery In the 1960s.
A disgusted senator responds:
Who is it that uses these words but
Greeks, and Jews, and slaves?"
-- "Slaves, Greeks and Jews": The Politics of "Fall of the Roman Empire"
-- released Feb 1964
-- Quoting Marcus Aurelius
Can we say today that America's ills are caused by neither Greeks nor Slaves?
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