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Parallels between the fall of the Roman republic, and our republic

Salon:

As with Rome just before the Republic’s fall, America has seen:

1 — Staggering Increase in the Cost of Elections, with Dubious Campaign Funding Sources...

2 — Politics as the Road to Personal Wealth....

3 — Continuous War...

4 — Foreign Powers Lavish Money/Attention on the Republic’s Leaders.....

5 — Profits Made Overseas Shape the Republic’s Internal Policies....

6 — Collapse of the Middle Class...

7 — Gerrymandering....

8 — Loss of the Spirit of Compromise....

And interestingly, IIRC, the Constitution was designed to prevent the collapse of our Republic.

NOTE I deprecate "middle class"; it's just too loose to be a universal historical term, especially when we're comparing a slave society (human ownership) to a wage labor society (human rental). Still, the list is suggestive. Beware! Beware!