I love history, so I have been watching documentary's about the Celts, Germanic Tribes, and the Roman Empire. Fascinating stories, but what really
amazed me, is how much America emulates The Ancient Roman society and structure. Not just the Govt, but also the state of America's poor and
There are also great BBC documentaries on Youtube.
It is true, the Ancient Roman Government was used as a template, when America created her Govt., so maybe our society is what evolves from that kind
of leadership. And on most levels we have it pretty good here. But, corruption in our current Government, is like the theater of the Roman Senate.
History does repeat itself. Most of our churches in America are Grandchildren of the HOLY Roman Empire.
The documentary's expose the dysfunction and flaws of the Roman system, and how and why it finally collapsed. What I see in America is scary similar.
Like the Roman War Machine, it had to continue to conquer to maintain itself. It had to take more land, more booty to sustain the appetite of the
Upper class. And a reason to continue to strangle the people for more "tribute" to pay for all the armor, horses and piles of food, clothing,
shelter etc. to feed an army. All the while breeding contempt and hatred for Rome.
They took the best land from the Celts and Germanic people, and then taxed them into complete poverty. Those that still had property could not meet
their "tributes" (now its called taxes) with their crops. Not only did they starve, there was nothing left to barter or sell, to create wealth for
their families, and in the end, they lost their property too. This has happened in America on a grand scale.
These tribes were labeled Barbarians and Wild. Because, their battle tactics were undisciplined. (crazy stuff like going to war naked) And their
lifestyle was much different than the Romans. The tribes lived close to nature, and carved out self-sustaining existence. And by Romes account they
were drunken Heathens. Unwashed, unkept etc. But, they just wanted freedom, to live how they wanted, and to be left alone by Rome. Much like our
I see the homeless and those barely making it from paycheck to paycheck, in America, similar to the ancient Celts and the Germanic Tribes of Ancient
Rome. So, many just want a chance to create a self sustaining lifestyle. To live free from the burden of modern society. Many have just collapsed
under the weight of the Rules we dictate in our quest to civilize the world.
Our current Government owns almost 1/2 of California. And huge amounts of land in all states west of the Rockies. Much of it in National or State
Parks which I agree with, however, with so many Park Closures wouldnt it be great if one of those parks could be given to the "Modern Wild Stray
People" in the US. Let them create a place for themselves. Maybe, in the future they will have something the American Roman Empire, can extract as
tribute, but for today, these people deserve a chance to build their Sherwood Forest. We have wild animal sanctuaries, why cant we have a wild people
refuge? How many acres is reserved for the Turtle, or frogs or etc etc. In ancient biblical times there was a City of Refuge.
The purpose of this thread isnt to argue history, I am not a scholar, so it would be pointless. But, I would like to look for a solution for our Poor
and homeless. Would this work? Why or why not? This would solve a lot of problems for a lot of people, not just the homeless. Rome didnt fix their
problems, and we all know how that turned out.
Of course there is the flip side. No telling what would happen if "Wild Stray Americans" were to organize. They are some of the most creative
people. And would gladly turn even a spot in the desert into a place of Refuge.