Why knowing Roman history is key to preserving America’s future – The Hour

The United States didn’t simply poof into existence, fully formed, from the brains of the Founders. History guided them as they crafted the American system of governance. This included the European traditions they were partially rejecting, but also elements from an older generation of republics that they wished to copy, especially the Roman Republic.

In 509 B.C., leading citizens in Rome overthrew a monarchy and created a republic that slowly took over the Mediterranean. For 500 years, this republic dazzled the world with its hard-working farmers, good laws, shrewd diplomacy and indomitable citizen armies.

The Founders knew this history well. They had read Roman historians like Sallust and Livy, reveled in the biographies of Roman statesman by Plutarch and were steeped in the orations of Cicero.

The Founders also preferred Rome’s approach to warfare over Britain’s. This preference explains why they denounced standing armies and made militias and conscription of citizen-soldiers the primary method for national defense.

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Meigs City closes police department | Local News | TimesEnterprise.com

Mayor Cheryl Walters said the decision was made primarily out of budgetary concerns.

“Money is awfully tight right now,” Walters said. “We just had to do something. We couldn’t continue on the way we were.”

In recent months the department has been racking up as many as 80 hours of overtime. That overtime was costing the city $21 per hour.

The mayor said the police department was using so much overtime that the city had to transfer money out of other funds just to cover payroll.

“We just couldn’t keep spending that way,” she said.

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War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler – Free AudioBook

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier

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‘They wanted me gone’: Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia | US news | The Guardian

Snowden also said: “The greatest danger still lies ahead, with the refinement of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition.

“An AI-equipped surveillance camera would be not a mere recording device, but could be made into something closer to an automated police officer.”

He is concerned the US and other governments, aided by the big internet companies, are moving towards creating a permanent record of everyone on earth, recording the whole of their daily lives.

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The People are Ready for a Third Party – Investment Watch

  • 51% of Americans know the primary process is rigged
  • More than half of Americans want a third party
  • 42% of Americans now think of themselves as independents … only 29% identify as Democrats, and 26% as Republicans
  • Even the Founding Fathers warned us about the threat from a two-party system

Truly, it’s time for a third party.

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