History Repeats Itself. How Will It Play Out This Time?

The moment I heard that a well known tycoon was bidding for the presidency of The United States of America for some reason I thought of an incident I had read about in Gibbons’ History and Of The Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire.

The story goes something like this. The top position in Rome was under negotiation after the Praetorian guard had turned on the despotic ruler they were meant to guard. A wealthy senator became convinced that he should put in a bid and became consul. The story didn’t end well for the senator. The Praetorian guard who’d accepted his money soon yielded to a war veteran toward whom they all felt the deepest respect. Within nine short weeks as ruler of the Roman world the senator was disposed of in a most unceremonious manner.



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