What have we learned in the last 2065 years?

via email this quote:

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled. The assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Evidently not much at all.


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  • Matt

    Sorry Whale, although the sentiments are spot on this quote has been widely exposed as a near certain fake. Run it through Google.

  • Berend de Boer

    It fits well with the usual sentiments of Cicero though. But anyway, we know what happened to Rome: they debased their currency, and went bankrupt. But it took them several hundreds of years.

  • Mr Blobby

    What have we learned in the last 2065 Years – Evidently not much at all, you say.

    I disagree we have learned that Empires Rise and eventually fall. Because we tends to behave like a virus and consume everything in sight until there is nothing left.