In 1965, radio host Paul Harvey warned America about its fate if it succumbed to Socialist influences.
More than 50 years later, we see in a short film titled “We Were Warned: Freedom to Chains,” how many of the predictions he made back in 1965 have become true today.
He cites the stories of the economies in Rome, Spain Greece and China. All of these countries enjoyed about 150 prosperous years, then each “decayed” away.
None of these countries were destroyed by anybody else’s “marching legions.” Instead, each “rotted away morally, socially, culturally, economically, simultaneously” when the people of these countries allowed government to get bigger.
“One of the most cruel paradoxes of history is this,” Harvey says. “Because each was a good government, it bore bountiful fruit. When it bore bountiful fruit, the people got fat. When they got fat, they got lazy. When they got lazy, they began to want to absolve themselves of personal responsibility and turn over to government to do for them things which traditionally they had been doing for themselves.”
At first, it doesn’t seem like too big of a deal. However, in order for a government to perform an increased function, it has to get bigger. And in order to support its increasing size, it has to “tax the individual more.” And the more the government continues to become, the less the individual continues to receive, until the government is all-powerful.
It was internal decay, not external attack, that destroyed the Roman empire, Harvey says. Starting about 146 BC, internal conditions in Rome were characterized by class wars, street brawls … lack of personal integrity and moral responsibility. Rome eventually passed into the Dark Ages, which lasted 1,000 years.
“Just by turning to the left the world has gone in circles,” Harvey says. “Either we will profit from the errors of their ways … or our children are going to have to relive the dark ages all over again,”
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