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America in decline, like Rome


March 31, 2021

Some have written about the slowing down of our court system during the pandemic. The history of Rome shows us how bad our current situation really is. In its early days, Rome suffered from a terrible epidemic. Rome’s public affairs depended on everyone being involved. The epidemic sickened not only public officials and militia members but also brought the justice system and elections apparatus to its knees, says historian Livy.

The problem in America today is that our people are not engaged in processes of government like Romans were. Rome rebounded to watchful civic engagement. When ou...

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