From The “Those Who Do Not Learn from History” Department

 

From one Empire to Another

 

“As soon as wealth came to be a mark of distinction and an easy way to renown, to military commands, to political power, virtue began to decline. Poverty was now looked on as a disgrace, and a blameless life as a sign of ill nature. Riches made the younger generation a prey to luxury, avarice, pride. Squandering with one hand what that grabbed with the other, they set small value on their property while they coveted that of others. Honor and modesty, all laws human and divine, were alike disregarded in a spirit of recklessness and intemperance.”

 

Sallust, Roman Tribune (86?-34? BCE)

 

“The government was making decisions driven by the desire to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a few. It was alienating its citizens and was becoming accountable only to itself.”

 

From “The Biology of Belief” by Joseph Giovannoli, page 185

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