For the next several weeks we'll take a break from economic theory. The history of human civilization is filled with tragedy, comedy and (mostly) blood. As usual, it all began with the Greeks (and then, those damned fascist Romans!). Is there such a thing as Western "civilization"?
"The division of Europe into a number of independent states, connected, however, with each other by the general resemblance of religion, language, and manners, is productive of the most beneficial consequences to the liberty of mankind. A modern tyrant, who should find no resistance either in his own breast, or in his people, would soon experience a gentle restrain form the example of his equals, the dread of present censure, the advice of his allies, and the apprehension of his enemies. The object of his displeasure, escaping from the narrow limits of his dominions, would easily obtain, in a happier climate, a secure refuge, a new fortune adequate to his merit, the freedom of complaint, and perhaps the means of revenge. But the empire of the Romans filled the world, and when the empire fell into the hands of a single person, the world became a safe and dreary prison for his enemies." - Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Dust, Wind, Dude - http://youtu.be/2EwaFkPMdlY
What Have The Romans Done For Us? - http://youtu.be/9foi342LXQE
The Rise Of The West - Raico - https://www.mises.org/media/970/Rise-of-the-West
It Started With Plato - http://media.mises.org/mp3/audioarticles/3620_Harcourt-Rivington.mp3
The Idea Of Liberty Is Western - Mises - https://mises.org/daily/2222
It Started With Plato - https://mises.org/daily/3620