A Paul Krugman column in the Dec. 19 New York Times received a great deal of attention on social media. To make a long story short, the liberal accuses #Donald Trump and those who voted for him of being Nazi-like, and destroying the republic. Krugman has been reading about the Roman #Empire for pleasure.
He has concluded Republicans do not protect against tyranny. Perhaps the author would look at the past three gerrymandered legislative maps in Maryland and explain how Democrats protect against tyranny.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans
If one wishes to take an objective look at how empires are destroyed, they must consider a larger example than Rome. A learner will look for patterns that applied to multiple empires that might ultimately provide further insight. If he or she does, they will find folks like Krugman and the snowflakes who want their college debt wiped away are what destroys empires historically.
Those were the findings of Sir John Glubb in his 1976 essay “The Fate of Empires.” Glubb, a British Arab military expert, died in 1986. His work studied several empires (Assyria, Persia, Greece, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, Arab Empire, Mameluke Empire, Ottoman Empire, Spain, Romanov Russia, and British) and noted each morphed through various and similar stages.
For example, he labeled the first stage as the Age of Pioneers in which a smaller nation, or wandering bands of people, joined together and conquered great swaths of land.
Glubb found empires lasted about 250 years or 10 generations. He also discovered in the end each had a few things in common. These faults dominate America and Great Britain today and they have nothing to do with Donald Trump or patriotism. The decay occurs when citizens greed for money shifts the focus from service to selfishness.
When empires expanded, the author concluded, young people sought adventure and military glory. When the emphasis shifted to personal wealth and advanced degrees, the empire declined from within. Glubb points to the Arab empire’s decline as one example. During their ages of conquest, culture, and affluence, the empire claimed land from part of China to the Atlantic. By the 11th Century, building schools was a passion, but military readiness was not.
“The first direction in which wealth injures the nation is a moral one,” Glubb wrote.
He said money replaces honor as the objective of the best young people. “The Age of Affluence silences the voice of duty. Schools no longer aim at producing brave patriots ready to serve their country. Parents and students alike seek the education which will command the highest salaries.”
Moral compass off
Beneath the surface, greed gradually replaces duty and public service. The nation no longer interested in military fame or glory takes a defensive posture. Anything that might appear aggressive is considered immoral. “Nations who proclaim themselves unwilling to fight are liable to be conquered by peoples in the stage of militarism— perhaps even to see themselves incorporated into some new empire, with the status of mere provinces or colonies,” Glubb says. He makes a direct link between intellectualism, and the loss of a sense of duty, as the two primary factors that bring even the greatest of empires to their knees. #Paul Krugman