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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Interesting parallels...Rome and the western world of today.

Question: “If we could go back in time to a few months before the fall of Rome and warn the people of their impending doom—would they believe you, or would they call you an ‘alarmist’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’?” Who would have believed that one of the greatest, most influential empires on earth could have been wiped out completely? Most of the citizens of Rome certainly didn’t, despite the fact that they had many signs leading up to it. One scholar accurately stated that Rome didn’t necessarily “fall”—as in buildings being obliterated or wiped out—but instead it was a slow, gradual “rot” from within.

What follows are some of the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire. Please know this is a very abridged version; there are many more involved aspects of this subject and I highly encourage you to read more about it on your own. Unfortunately one can’t help but notice the many similarities between “us” and “them”.

Cause #1: Division between Leaders and their Senate

Roman Emperors had the power to rule Rome’s religious, civil and military affairs with the Senate acting as an advisory board. However, when the Emperors started using their own form of “Executive Orders”—overruling and/or ignoring the Senate and doing whatever they wanted to do–that’s when the real problems started. Basically, Roman Emperors became “too much” of everything—too powerful, too wealthy, and too corrupt.

Cause #2: Decline in Morals

The decline in morals within the rich upper classes had a devastating impact on Romans. Orgies, incest, gambling and prostitution flourished, along with barbaric practices such as gladiator competitions in the Coliseum arena. This affected the lower classes because they were the people who were sold into slavery, raped without consequence and were sadistically murdered and tortured in Coliseum competitions.

Cause #3: Political Corruption and the Praetorian Guard

The Praetorians were an elite group of soldiers that protected the Emperors. Although they started out as the “good guys” the Praetorians eventually became drunk with power and literally got away with murder, rape and torture of Roman citizens. They organized masses of soldiers that ultimately contributed in overthrowing and assassinating emperors.

Cause #4: The Roman Empire Fast Expansion & Too Many Enemies

“Barbarian” is an Ancient Greek term used for describing what they considered “uncivilized “people and/or non-citizens. Many of the lands the Romans conquered were “Barbarian” countries and as a result the Barbarians despised Romans. It didn’t help that once the Barbarians were relocated into Rome they were taxed at a much higher rate than regular Roman citizens, which led to frequent riots and rebellions.

Cause #5: Non-stop Wars & Heavy Military Spending

Because of ongoing wars, the Roman army became stretched very thin and required constant recruiting so they allowed their “former” enemies—the Barbarians and other foreign mercenaries—to join their army. (Note: Providing your enemy with weapons and not expecting them to use those weapons against you is never a good idea…See #6.)

Cause #6: Barbarians Learned Roman Military Tactics—from the Roman Army Themselves

Once the Roman army allowed the Barbarians to join their military, they were essentially teaching the enemy all their tactical secrets–which, of course, the Barbarians eventually used against them.

Cause #7: Failing Economy and High Inflation

The Roman government was constantly on the verge of bankruptcy due to military spending, high taxation and high inflation. Bottom line: They were spending more than they could afford. The free food rations for the poor were costing Rome and Constantinople a fortune. And Rome’s upper class love for luxury items caused them to send more and more of their gold to the orient to pay for products like silk and spices—gold which had no return. This led to a shortage of gold and ultimately Roman currency was devalued to such an extent that the bartering system returned to what was once the greatest civilization in the world.

Cause #8: High Unemployment Rates

Cheap slave labor resulted in high unemployment rates among the Roman working class, including the Plebs in Rome who became dependent on handouts from the state. Because of this, the Romans attempted a policy of unrestricted trade but this ultimately caused the Plebs to be unable to compete with foreign markets. The Plebs’ standard of living was drastically affected resulting in a massive divide among the rich and the poor classes in Rome.

Cause #9: Mob Rule and the Expensive Gladiator Games

Realizing that their unemployed and bored citizens would soon become restless, Roman emperors created the Gladiator games in part to keep the “mobs” occupied. The cost of the games was exorbitant and excessive, and corrupt politicians/lobbyists used the games to curry favors with the mob. The cost of the games eventually came to one third of the total income of the Roman Empire.

Cause #10: Decline in Ethics and Values

Once morals had left the state, ethics and the value of life was also in decline. The values, ideals, customs, traditions and institutions that had once made Rome great were now in fast decline. There was little regard for human (or animal) life, and basically their system of judging right/wrong, good/bad was completely skewed. Chaos and non-conformity prevailed and citizens were considered “intolerant” if they didn’t go along with whatever debauchery that came their way.

Cause #10: Slave Labor

The number of slaves increased drastically during the first two centuries of the Roman Empire. The wealthy classes were completely dependent on slaves for their every move, including bathing. Slaves were treated as subhuman and in many cases were treated much worse than animals (although animal abuse was rampant, too). The poor treatment of slaves led to the Servile War, led by the most famous gladiator slave, Spartacus.

Cause #11: Natural Disasters

In addition to the ongoing wars, revolts and uprisings among the mobs, natural disasters such as earthquakes, plagues and famines prevailed.

Cause #12: Christianity

As Christianity became popular, immoral and depraved Roman society started becoming unstable. People were starting to see that their way of life was wrong and their previously futile, hopeless lives were given meaning for the first time. Roman Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed himself a Christian, leading many in Rome to move from antagonistic to pacifistic.

Cause #13: Barbarian Invasion

The Barbarian armies consisted of the Visigoths, Huns and the Vandals. They attacked when they saw Rome at her weakest—failed economy, high unemployment, and all the while aiding and abetting her enemies. Ultimately it was the Roman army-trained Barbarians that helped overthrow Rome in 410, and the Vandals finished her off in 455.

So to summarize, Rome’s ultimate collapse was basically due to a slow and steady decay from the inside out.

October 6, 2012 at 5:00 am / by Ann-Marie Murrell

I found this article very interesting especially the decadence which is so promoted by western government of today.

Sex ed to kindergarten kids,
Gay lifestyle thought in schools
Easy access to porn and lack of morals thought to this generation
Self promotion of those with power instead of serving the public
Para militaries, (cops) propping up the system instead of protecting the people
Feminism demonizing men, fathers, husbands, the very segment of our society which ensures freedom with their lives.
Feminists backing sex selection as valid reason for abortion, The murder of children simply because they are females.
Targeting our daughters as permanent victims
Only one segment of our society allowed in governments, (ie. the rich)
Corrupt bureaucracy, answerable to no one
Demeaning the military
Underestimating our enemies
Buying votes with taxpayers money
Increasing national dept to the point of bankruptcy
But most importantly; believing we as Rome did, that we are invincible.
Let me put this one again....Old hateful hags aka feminists and their allies and supporters, demonizing men, the very people they depend on to spit out their venom. (this one is the gravest, because if we decide not to fight anymore to protect a corrupt regime, well, we have made as many enemies as Rome did, we are at that level in our history....The stupidity of feminism and organisations such as this, whether gays or manginas are actually promoting their own demise, because without the very men they keep on targeting as bad, are the very men who ensures their freedom.)
I could go on and on....

There is a point in time were we are going to have to face reality, the enemies of freedom and peace, are those who have not realised that we live in a world which has not changed since the Roman empire, we still have wars, conquests, greed, corruption, imperial aspirations, division, starvation, and what I find truly amazing is the belief we are "evolved". Nuclear weapons, bio weapons, chemical weapons, smart weapons, the belief of a few twisted politicians that it is better to destroy the world than to be conquered, better be dead than red, remember that one. Personally I found that one very stupid, I would rather be red than dead, live to fight another day? If man is dead, who teaches your kids, the conquerer....
Those of us who understand the system is so corrupt, that it cannot be changed, the corrupt are so entrenched, so greedy with power, they forgot histories lesson, they can only go so far.
So be it...we are just going to have to start all over again.....
Is the fall imminent, of course not, but we are getting close.

So, to all the hags aka feminists, their allies, the cowardly mangina, you want freedom to spit out your crap, so be it, we might not agree, but without the beer drinking, cussing, tobaco chewing, woman loving, children adoring, hard working man you so despise, YOU DONT EXIST....
We will always be here, you will not.....


Zorro said...

Great post. What are your sources for the fall of Rome? I'd like to read a great book on the Roman Empire.

And, yes, there is no more corrosive, retrograde force in the West than feminism. Not even Islam can rival its toxicity and ability to bring the West to its knees. Once that's done, then Islam marches in unopposed.

The Native Canadian said...

There are many pages that explain in detail the fall of rome, one is money been the primary power of their democracy during the last days, with the combination of the barbarians and their way of life produced extensive division amongst romans, corrupt politicians, military, and others used this to enriched themselves not knowing that a little at a time, they were actually promoting their own demise, from the inside out. Just like today, feminism's destruction of family values and the slow rise of islam, our borders weakened, though just like rome, our military is powerful, but we cant nuke a suicide bomber or some tribal nation, I remember reading a book once about the dangers of a military so powerful, that they have no defence against barbaric acts. Just like rome, who did not see the danger the goths were, some look at a guy sitting on a camel with a walki takie and an ak47 not been much of a threat. But osama bin laddens military philosophy was not to defeat the west militarily, but economically, so what do we do? Hunt down some camel jockey with choppers, smart bombs and tanks, billions are spent on hunting down some guy riding a camel. The parallels are truly amazing. But then, greed knows no morals, it is just like rome, everyone for himself.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't female sufferage a part in the dwonfall of the Roman Empire?

Seems I read that somewhere.

No nation has survived female sufferage-ever.