And to extend the apt analogy, Rome fell when the plutocrats realized: When you're rich enough, who needs government?
Ah, I don't think Rome fell due to deprivation. In either circa 444, or 1944! Ditto, Japan in '45!
Erdogan reminds me of Nero fiddling while all around him Rome was burning.
What a beautiful picture of Rome and all of the things that make life matter.
Someone said pretty much the same thing in the Roman Senate shortly before Rome fell.
The irony here is that the church has many gay priests, especially in Rome, who are NOT celibate, and the hierarchy looks the other way.
Rome is burning.... surely we can rationalize this carbon-based tourism as something grand and noble, but can we rationalize the misplaced priorities it represents ?....Why hope for 'trickle down' benefits, when we can direct the firehose of our collective brilliance on our very serious problems directly ?Why ??