In regards to this thead,
which compares the USA to ancient Rome.
Oh dear lord................. where do I even begin. :-\ I'm sure that thread will get locked very soon, as most threads to do with politics do. So because I wanted to rant about it, and because I didn't want my rant locked, I'm posting it here.
So I have some questions about this video, and they involve logic!
Before we even begin - yes, of course both Rome and the USA overthrew a monarchy and began life as a Republic. The Founding Fathers of the USA revered Rome to such an extent that they based their new Republic on the Roman one. That's the whole point!
And of course both Rome and the USA had financial difficulties from time to time, experienced outside emergencies, and appointed dictators for the duration of these emergencies. The Romans appointed Cincinnatus as dictator when the Aequi invaded in 458 BC, and Marcus Furius Camillus when the Gauls invaded in 376 BC. Both achieved military victory and then resigned the post (Cincinnatus held it for just sixteen days). Similarly, the infant USA appointed George Washington as C-in-C (not a dictator, but his powers over his militia were similar) during its own emergency against the British.
As for financial difficulties - of course they occur. War is expensive, and thank $deity$ for that. Make war cheap and it will happen more often.
Anyway, on to this video. It's video had only reached 30 seconds and already it told me that the monetary system (whatever that
is) was responsible for:
1. Huge financial gyrations;
3. Loss of personal freedom; and
4. Out of control government.
After that, it ... excuse me, WTF? I'd listened to this thing for 2 minutes, and it jumped from the Republic at 500 BC to the Republic at Hannibal's time (starts 218 BC) and the debasement of the Roman currency to pay for war materiel.
At this point, I respectfully repeat: WTF? Were there no Roman wars between 500 BC and 218 BC? Like hell, there weren't. A quick look at the wiki-link
shows at least 11 major conflicts during that time, including the two Latin Wars, the Roman-Etruscan Wars, the three Samnite Wars, the Wars with Gauls and Etruscans, the two Illyrian Wars - and
the war against Hannibal's daddy, Hamilcar. (Sounds like something out of Star Wars, doesn't it? Hamill Car. Go ahead and laugh. It's good for ya.)
So sure, let's not kid ourselves. War costs money. Fighting 11 wars in less than 300 years is not cheap. Don't tell me that the Romans paid for things in gold and silver (and copper and bronze) for 300 years, or that the Roman currency wasn't debased before Hannibal came along.
All right, let's keep listenin'... and 30 seconds later I'm told that the Romans stored their gold and silver under the floorboards of the temple of Saturn (maybe, until the Gauls pillaged it under Brennus in 390 BC), and that if I come to Rome, I should visit the Forum and see the ruins of the temples. Sorry - the Forum is a marketplace, not a temple. Bzzt!!! Three strikes, yer out. No right of appeal, no right to an attorney, none of this Miranda warning $hit. YER OUT!
So yeah, thanks for playing "Let's Confuse the Masses and Sell Them BS". I ain't confused, and I ain't buyin'. Don't sell me excrement and call it cream.
Anyway. Sorry the rest'a'ya had to read all this, I know long posts get frowned upon, blah yadda yadda blah, you all in your gosh-durned hearts know the story. I just get sick of being told the same old BS as if it were real.
Let me tell you a secret: it's not.
It's a game that both corporations and governments know and play very well, and it's called FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
Make the masses afraid, make them uncertain, make them doubt themselves, and they'll buy any old story and any piece of plastic-wrapped [email protected]
you put in front of 'em. You know it's true. If it weren't true, why do wars in the middle east start every so often? Huh? Don't tell me that it's about land or money or religion. Don't tell me it's a tragedy of politics. I'll tell you why: it's because people are - BZZT!!! - sheep! That's right, tell 'em what they won, Steve!
Most people are sheep. If you repeat a lie often enough, if you put fear, uncertainty and doubt into people, they'll start believing that the lie is true! And before long, anyone comes along and says "Hey, that's a pile of [email protected]
!", they'll say "No it ain't! You're just an academic geek living in an ivory tower and drinking lattes! Rah rah rah!"
Anyway. Again, sorry you had to read all this. You could've just logged off or something, you know. Or gone to play Furious Avians or Angry Birds, I dunno. The whole point is... don't believe what you see, what you read and what you hear. Not even my ****!!! Read widely, think
about what you read, make up your own mind, and stop polluting the internet with conspiracies and [email protected]!!!
So, yeah... that's it.