• sashinator (edited 2 months ago)
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    Watts chronicles the ways the republic, with a population once devoted to national service and personal honor, was torn to shreds by growing wealth inequality

    lolwut

    how can wealth inequality grow past chattel slavery?

    did the slaves have to start paying for the privilege of being enslaved?

    it’s cute how Americans think Rome wasn’t a corrupt colonial superpower run on an economy of enslavement from its origin, through Holy Roman Empire to present day western hegemony but rather some kind of democratic utopia that existed in the past and then disappeared after some kind of a decline in its values