Many authors have written about the decline and fall of the Roman Empire over the years.
However, there is one significant aspect of the decline from the fourth century that has barely been documented, according to an article on the website, International Man, written by Jeff Thomas.
During this century, the central government was becoming more and more wasteful. Taxes were raised to pay the bill. In order to appease the people, the government tried several “false solutions,” Thomas writes, until “the burden became so great that unrest became prevalent.”
Business stagnated, but Rome demanded even more. The government even cut the wages of the mercenary soldiers who were hired to be tax collectors. The government’s unethical behavior eventually led to looting, destruction, rape, rebellions and riots.
Every time wages were cut and taxes were increased, more and more merchants and farmers left Rome.
“What was wrong with those people?” Thomas writes. “Why did they continue to accept one injustice after another? If they had any sense, they would have gotten out when the first injustices occurred. They would have recovered more quickly and built a better life elsewhere instead of being slowly bled to death by their rulers.”
Unfortunately, though it’s not well-document, this story is not new. We’ve seen in play out over and over again throughout history. We’ve seen government take and people oblige until they reach their breaking point.
In fact, this chapter from Roman history has quite a bit of relevance – and similarity – to our society today.
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