posted on Jan, 2 2013 @ 09:06 AM
Originally posted by MrSpad
These things are fun but, of course completely inaccurate. For every parallel you can find a hundred ways the differ, Even the parallels are only
that at first glance. Fun exercise but that is all it is.
It's nice to see someone with perspective and not a doom and gloom attitude around here.
For reference (speaking in general not to you specifically) there were only 3 major Republics in Antiquity that one can draw parallel to America, and
they were -
1. Classical Athens (508 BC – 322 BC) under the reforms of Cleisthenes
2. Roman Republic (c. 509 BC – 27 BC)
3. Ancient Carthage (308 BC – 146 BC)
All of them typically lasted around 200 years, with the exception of the Roman Republic which lasted almost 500 years.
Now, given that we have much more advanced technology - Communications, Media, Global Information Grids and a plethora of other advancements I find it
a stretch of the imagination to even draw any sort of parallel with Antiquity. The era was so long ago and so many things have changed in contrast to
the similarities one can draw.
Also keep in mind, there were a grand total of THREE Major Republics in Antiquity. Three. Of these three, Carthage and Athens were eventually
conquered by the Romans. They did NOT fall apart due to corruption.
So, in Antiquity, we can really only compare our system of Government/Country (which only shares AT MOST half of our system of Government...remember
we are a Democratic Republic) to Rome.
Looking at the odds of ending up like the Romans I'd say (without taking our technological and sociological advancements into consideration) a 50/50
chance of survival. Now, taking into consideration our technological and sociological advancements, I'd say that number drops remarkably to around
80/20 in favor of America.
I like those odds.