Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Fall of Rome: Parallels with Current Trends in Europe and North America

 The Roman Empire (red) and its clients (pink)
in 117 AD during the reign of emperor Trajan
Below follows an instructive video presentation by Stefan Molyneux, a Canadian blogger and "philosopher and libertarian" through his multi-media website, Freedomain Radio.

This video "The Truth About the Fall of Rome: Modern Parallels", shows what history can teach us. Whether history repeats itself or not, it's better to be aware of historic events and lessons learned. This video reviews the fall of the Roman empire, and looks for parallels with the current challenges facing Europe and North American. As Molyneux describes it: "Western civilization hangs by a thread - to rescue it, we must delve deep into the past to find out how to save the future. The fall of the Roman Empire closely mirrors the challenges currently facing Europe and North America – toxic multiculturalism, rampant immigration, runaway feminism, debt, currency corruption, wildly antagonistic politics – everything we need to know to save everything we love is written deep in the history of ancient Rome – all we need to do is look!"

Although quite a long video to watch - nearly two and half hours - it's worth your time:

Background reading -on which multiple sources the above presentation is based-:

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (7 volumes in paperback or hardcover)

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire by Simon Baker

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland

The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather

The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman

The Fate Of Empires by Sir John Glubb

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