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Alex Jones and Infowars.com Well worth the watch.....
The rise of Rome is perhaps the most significant historical development of the Hellenistic Age. What makes Rome different, as a political unit, from other systems of government we have seen? The Roman Republic succeeded in many ways where the Athenian democracy failed. What were they? What were the weaknesses of the Republic?
The Roman world occupied more than a millennium of our history. And it still survives in various forms today. Rome gave the West a language, technology and perhaps most importantly, an institutional model: the State. When the barbarians finished Rome as an empire, other great leaders from other parts of Europe would try to recapture that glory which once was Rome. This is true even in our own century. So what is it about Rome that is worth paying attention to? I suggest it is the sense of *institution* and what that meant to the men who worked for it.
Perhaps the most important quality or virtue to a Roman was "Romanitas,' 'Roman-ness.' Throughout political change, Romanitas was always the constant. It meant more than noble ideals of citizenship or devotion to duty and service; it was also a sense of pride of being a member, and inheritor, of something greater than the individual. We don't hold this any longer in any country in the world. Because Romans carried this sense, their institutions worked. Leaders had much to live up to, and things were expected of them. Gasp! Really? Leaders served the State, and the State served the citizens. In the Republic, no one office could dominate the State, though there would be some dominant figures. Think about the nature of personal power in the Republic as well as accountability for the abuse of power. Alex Jones knows this and this is why he is a scary mf.