posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 09:38 AM
a reply to: GodEmperor
It's ironic a general considered "the last of the Romans" by some wasn't even of true Roman decent, Flavius Aetius was likely of Gothic decent. He did
a lot of fighting against "barbarians" and was influential against Atilla.
Rome was a land of many gods too, belief has a big effect on societies and yes Rome was always flooded with slaves and the wealthy of all the lands it
I also think the Roman senate and high society were always more sordid than the public could ever achieve with "liberal" freedoms. It's well noted the
filthy ways of the upper tier. Don't bother with the bath houses, look to the senate to see inbreeding, murder and sodomy.
If the decadent nature of today is comparable to the decadent nature of Rome then I could argue that it doesn't matter who the people are if they are
becoming free like those above then that is more of a sign of the downfall of what was.
We could compare the societies but in terms of technology we are not comparable, Rome slowed down and saw less need for technological innovation,
especially when it came to the military. The US demands to be the forefront of technological innovation and even from a societal point of view if the
"watered" down tech civilians have is anything to go by then we live in a golden age.
The US has a huge military, it isn't relying on mercenaries. From what I gather on the subject of hired hands it's more of a case of "legitimate"
action. Standing armies are for sovereign nations and when two sovereign nations fight we call it war. The US military isn't at war at this moment, it
runs bombing operations within Syria & Iraq.
Using mercenaries is more comparable to the "letter of marque" concept, or when or when Elizabeth I endorsed privateers,sometimes navies or armies
don't have the manoeuvrability of a hired hand.
Do you really believe society is becoming so dirty as to bring a downfall? or are you shouting about evil like a puritan in the 17th century?