October 7, 2013
Rome one of the greatest empires. The Roman Empire constructed with government, wealth, technologies, military prowess and might. The divide of have and have nots persisted under the majesty of its beauty and largess. Today, the ruins can engender the feeling of the past. Ten days after the IdeaFestival from the presentation of “Rome: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America” by Cullen Murphy resonates.
This topic of is the U.S. like Rome is a curious question. The founders and Senate of Rome did not foresee the fall of the Roman Empire. The U.S. as Cullen offered was built on some of the tenets of Rome such as, the Senate, Capital, and had its manifest destiny as does the U.S.
He further, discussed Rome power to assimilate as does the U.S., as well as the historical reference to naming , systems that connect to today’s iconographies. Place in context the disparities of the wealthy few as did Rome.
As the U.S. government is in 7 day of shutdown, the cross connection between Rome and the U.S. are interesting. The Senate of Rome conspired against Cesar under the goal of power.
Cullen remarked, ” The U.S. is able to change unlike Rome. We have revolution built into our system.” The dichotomy between the two civilizations can be based on social reforms, leadership and economics. The power of any society rest on its ability to understand its past and develop to support a future through social reform, leadership and economics that under gird the term civilization and humanity.
Overview of book:
“The rise and fall of ancient Rome has been on American minds from the beginning of our republic.Today we focus less on the Roman Republic than on the empire that took its place. Depending on who’s doing the talking, the history of Rome serves as either a triumphal call to action or a dire warning of imminent collapse. In Are We Rome? the esteemed editor and author Cullen Murphy reveals a wide array of similarities between the two empires: the blinkered, insular culture of our capitals; the debilitating effect of bribery in public life; the paradoxical issue of borders; and the weakening of the body politic through various forms of privatization,” from Amazon.