In a recent episode of Doug Casey’s Take (YouTube), Doug mentioned an essay he wrote a few years back on the Decline of the Roman empire and the parallels to the United States today.
Dozens of viewers wrote to us and asked for a full copy of the essay. You can download a PDF of the essay here:
Excerpt from the Essay:
As some of you know, I'm an aficionado of ancient history. I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss what happened to Rome and, based on that, what's likely to happen to the US. Spoiler alert: There are some similarities between the US and Rome.
But before continuing, please seat yourself comfortably. This article will necessarily cover exactly those things you're never supposed to talk about—religion and politics— and do what you're never supposed to do, namely, bad-mouth the military.
There are good reasons for looking to Rome rather than any other civilization when trying to see where the US is headed. Everyone knows Rome declined, but few people understand why. And, I think, even fewer realize that the US is now well along the same path for pretty much the same reasons, which I'll explore shortly. Rome reached its peak of military power around the year 107, when Trajan completed the conquest of Dacia (the territory of modern Romania). With Dacia, the empire peaked in size, but I'd argue it was already past its peak by almost every other measure.
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