When Elite Privilege Breaks

Finding parallels with Rome is a fun topic for writers, and just recently I came across some very interesting ones. They grabbed my attention, and they may grab yours as well. These passages (in bold) are from The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000, by Peter Brown: [E]mperor, military, and civilian populations alike needed the idea of a “barbarian threat” to justify their own existence. Just as …

The Blow That Killed America 100 Years Ago

“There is a lot of ruin in a nation,” wrote Adam Smith. His point was that it takes a long time for nations to fall, even when they’re dead on their feet. And he was certainly right. America took its fatal blow in 1913, one hundred years ago; it just hasn’t hit the ground yet. This is a slow process, but it’s actually fast compared to the Romans. It took …

Government Against the People: It Gets Worse In the Late Stages

government against the people All governments – communist, capitalist, fascist, monarchy, theocracy, whatever – survive on the skim. They take money from productive people, by force or threat of force. However prettied-up or justified this fact may be, it remains the central fact of rulership. It’s a simple but disturbing truth: A late-stage state’s modus operandi must always be “government against the people” – an MO that is inherently predatory. And it’s not because …

Westphalia’s End Part 4: What Comes Next?

The Westphalian Order of States is in Trouble If you have not read the first three parts of this series, please do that first: They are a necessary prelude: Westphalian Orders’ End Part 1 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 2 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 3 I have thus far made quite a few arguments why the Westphalian order of states is in trouble. Presuming that I am correct, and that the current state model fails, the great question is …