The following is excerpted from “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbons and adapted from History Alive material. With relevant commentaries of my own inserted to point to where we are today in the fall of the Western (white) cultural paradigm.
“Many “superpowers” have risen and fallen over time: Kimit, the Romans, Greeks, Assyrians, Babylonians, the Brutish Empire and many more. The ancient empire of Kimit suffered a fall of epic proportions after the 25th Dynasty. Piankhi, Shabaka and Tarharka were the rulers of this dominating Dynasty. Black people have not experienced “superpower” status since that time. Why did they and other empires fall?
Between 1776-1788, Edward Gibbons published a huge six volume work entitled The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire. Gibbons’ work was scholarly and monumental, as it thoroughly covered a period of history spanning approximately 1,200 years. His goal in producing this study was to precisely catalog the reasons for the rise of the Roman Empire and the factors leading to the decline and fall of the Empire. While few agree entirely with some of the contents of his work, Gibbons was universally hailed as achieving his objective brilliantly.
But, Gibbons not only created a document which details how and why the Roman Empire rose and fell; he created a document which detailed precisely how a successful and powerful Empire could be subverted and destroyed. He seems to come from the premise that luxury inherently bears a corrupting element in its DNA.
There were many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Each one intertwined with the next. Many even blame the introduction of Christianinsanity for the decline. Some believed that Christianinsanity turned Roman citizens into pacifists, making it more difficult to defend against the barbarian attackers. Also money used to build churches could have been used to maintain the empire. On the other hand. some argue effectively that Christianinsanity may have provided morals and values for a declining civilization and therefore may have actually prolonged the imperial era. This will continue to be debated. Gibbons listed at least eight basic reasons for the destruction of the enormous Roman Empire. There are more reasons, but the following gives a proven overview from the pages of his writings. “
1. Decline in Morals and Values
Those morals and values that kept together the Roman legions and thus the empire could not be maintained towards the end of the empire. The dramatic increase of divorce undermined the institution of the family. Crimes of violence made the streets of the larger cities unsafe. Even during PaxRomana there were 32,000 prostitutes in Rome. Emperors like Nero and Caligula became infamous for wasting money on lavish parties where guests ate and drank until they became ill. The most popular amusement was watching the gladiatorial combats in the Coliseum. These were attended by the poor, the rich, and frequently the emperor himself. As gladiators fought, vicious cries and curses were heard from the audience. One contest after another was staged in the course of a single day. Should the ground become too soaked with blood, it was covered over with a fresh layer of sand and the performance went on. The drive for personal pleasure had become very intense, even to the point of obsession. Gibbons noted that, at the very end, sports had become more exciting and brutal.
Observation: The notion of giving the populace bread and circus to distract them from the social decay is parallel to what is happening now. The proliferation of 24 hour sporting events, game shows that have become more and more bizarre. The hypnotic effects of social media and its plethora of weird shit and pornography being mainstream instead of hiding in some dark corner of a seedy theater. Today MMA and its seemingly blood lust has taken over from the inherent violence of pro football or even boxing, with less emphasis on technique and more on rock-em, sock-em robot action. MMA is now peopled by participants with basic kicking, punching and grappling skills, but with an enormous desire to create as much mayhem as possible. With Football and even basketball, enacting rules to limit violence, many of the participants are labeled pusses for not engaging or fans have labeled the sports as becoming boring. in the old Roman Colosseum, the blood lust was both an inevitable growth of the conditioning, and a distraction from the need to hold on to some semblance of mythical toughness, while society decays around them.
2. Public Health
There were many public health and environmental problems. Many of the wealthy had water brought to their homes through lead pipes. Previously the aqueducts had even purified the water but at the end lead pipes were thought to be preferable. The wealthy death rate was very high. The continuous interaction of people at the Coliseum, the blood and death probable spread disease. Those who lived on the streets in continuous contact allowed for an uninterrupted strain of disease much like the homeless in the poorer run shelters of today. Alcohol use increased as well adding to the incompetency of the general public. Recently, some postulate that the Roman Empire had extended so far that diseases from other lands could easily make their way back to Rome. Resistance to those diseases were weak.
Observation: Currently a lot more municipalities other than Flint Michigan is being discovered being poisoned by lead pipes. Numerous sexual active people are often relieved when they don’t contract AIDS or HIV, yet common STD’s have being rising at alarming rate for decades. Condoms are made with industrial petroleum and the powders or lubricants has been documented as having grounded up glass, in it. Many are engaging in sexual practices that go below and beyond the norm. Anal sex, licking the anus, having people defecating and urinating on them. Orgies, sex parties and of course their is bestiality being more of a norm than actual monogamous heterosexual sex. Poor food intake witch breaks down the immune system are all are contributing to the body becoming more susceptible to all manner of disease.
3. Political Corruption One of the most difficult problems was choosing a new emperor. Unlike Greece where transition may not have been smooth but was at least consistent, the Romans never created an effective system to determine how new emperors would be selected. The choice was always open to debate between the old emperor, the Senate, the Praetorian Guard (the emperor’s private army), and the army. Gradually, the Praetorian Guard gained complete authority to choose the new emperor, who rewarded the guard who then became more influential, perpetuating the cycle. Then in 186 A. D. the army strangled the new emperor, the practice began of selling the throne to the highest bidder. During the next 100 years, Rome had 37 different emperors – 25 of whom were removed from office by assassination. This contributed to the overall weaknesses of the empire. Hidden conspirators were working within the government to secretly destroy it. They worked quietly, invisibly and deceitfully; during the entire time they were secretly dismantling the government of the Roman Empire, they publicly proclaimed their unswerving support of it. People lost their faith, both religiously and in their government. The efficient Roman Government gave way to chaos and disintegration.
Observation: Today, one needs not assassinate a leader….at least in the White world! With the creation of the electoral college. The super delegate machine in the United Snakes. Voter frauds. Computers that can be programmed to change voting results are some of the systemic mechanisms, set up to keep independents out of the election pyramid scheme. And don’t forget the mother of all scams. The lobbying. Lobbying is where wealthy corporations, hire professional agencies to promise appropriate officials to vote for or change their vote in favor of a pet project by the corporation of choice. One good example is how the US senate will vote down the bill that would force corporations like Monsanto to label their poisons.
During the latter years of the empire farming was done on large estates called latifundia that were owned by wealthy men who used slave labor. A farmer who had to pay workmen could not produce goods as cheaply. Many farmers could not compete with these low prices and lost or sold their farms. This not only undermined the citizen farmer who passed his values to his family, but also filled the cities with unemployed people. At one time, the emperor was importing grain to feed more than 100,000 people in Rome alone. These people were not only a burden but also had little to do but cause trouble and contribute to an ever increasing crime rate.
Observations: Imagine how much the industrial revolution was supposed to be of benefit to society, making something such as farming more efficient. Yet today more farms are being gobbled up by big corporations, who create Frankenstein like animals and plants. Poisons you and I to consume. Black people were once one of the back bones of farming in amurdikkka. But due to anti-Afrikan hatred and globalization, black farmers of lost a significant tracks of farm lands. As well…farming in general suffers because farmers, who don’t practice Franken-farming are shoved out of the mix and replaced by those who comply. Agriculture will always be an important issue when discussing the decline of world powers. Toward the end of the decline of the Roman Empire the farms around Rome appeared to be underutilized. In other cultures the minerals and nutrients of the soil have been stripped by over cultivation. Periodically leaving fields fallow permits the minerals and nutrients to build back up. Also, valuable topsoil blows away when vegetation (trees, grass) are taken away. Without the topsoil, very little can be grown and the strength of a nation gradually crumbles.
The imposition of higher taxes undermined the economic stability and vitality of the Empire. Taxes were raised to pay for deficit government spending, to pay for food for all in society and to pay for government-sponsored activities of diversion, such as circuses and sports. Interestingly, as the time of the final collapse drew closer, greater emphasis was placed on sports, to divert the attention of the public from the distressing news of massive trouble within the Empire. The Roman economy suffered from inflation (an increase in prices) beginning after the reign of Marcus Aurelius. Once the Romans stopped conquering new lands, the flow of gold into the Roman economy decreased. Yet much gold was being spent by the Romans to pay for luxury items. This meant that there was less gold to use in coins. As the amount of gold used in coins decreased, the coins became less valuable. To make up for this loss in value, merchants raised the prices on the goods they sold. Many people stopped using coins and began to barter to get what they needed. Eventually, salaries had to be paid in food and clothing, and taxes were collected in fruits and vegetables.
Observations: There are still many who reLIEgiously believe that taxes are the life blood of modern society. Particularly income tax. Even though all governmental tax laws in the west have buried in their tax books, that taxes are placed on Corporations, gaming (gambling) and investments. The government tells us that we need tax for roads ( really paid for by fuel taxes and vehicle registration taxes) for example. This article further shows how the myth of taxation was developed to oppress people. Today high taxes are geared to prop up the various war and spy machines and maintaining European and North amurdikkklan imperialism across the globe, instead of improving quality of life of the citizens locally.
6. Urban decay
Wealthy Romans lived in a domus, or house, with marble walls, floors with intricate colored tiles, and windows made of small panes of glass. Most Romans, however, were not rich, They lived in small smelly rooms in apartment houses with six or more stories called islands. Each island covered an entire block. At one time there were 44,000 apartment houses within the city walls of Rome. First-floor apartments were not occupied by the poor since these living quarters rented for about $00 a year. The more shaky wooden stairs a family had to climb, the cheaper the rent became. The upper apartments that the poor rented for $40 a year were hot, dirty, crowed, and dangerous. Anyone who could not pay the rent was forced to move out and live on the crime-infested streets. Because of this cities began to decay.
Observation: Things haven’t been easy for renters. Low vacancy rates—as more people move into rentals and fewer people move out—have meant skyrocketing prices. Add in years of stagnant wages, increase in condos and housing prices that sky rocket, and it’s easy to comprehend why making rent is becoming a more difficult prospect for many families. And according to a new report, things may only get worse in the decade to come. Recent research from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and Enterprise Community Partners, a real-estate research and investment organization, suggests that over the next 10 years, the rental population in the U.S. will climb by about 4 million people. (That’s actually a conservative estimate compared to the Urban Institute’s projections.)
The researchers estimate that the current rental crunch—the one where vacancies are around 7 percent, about half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their salaries on housing, and one quarter spend 50 percent or more—is only going to get worse over the next decade. Even if housing prices and income rise as quickly as inflation (about 2 percent annually) the number of severely rent-burdened Americans (those paying 50 percent or more) would increase by 11 percent over the decade, to over 13 million people in 2025. It’s even worse in Canada and Europe, where owning land is near impossible dude ot government favoring wealthy land owning individuals and corporations.
7. Inferior Technology
During the last 400 years of the empire, the scientific achievements of the Romans were limited almost entirely to engineering and the organization of public services. They built marvelous roads, bridges, and aqueducts. They established the first system of medicine for the benefit of the poor. But since the Romans relied so much on human and animal labor, they failed to invent many new machines or find new technology to produce goods more efficiently. They could not provide enough goods for their growing population. They were no longer conquering other civilizations and adapting their technology, they were actually losing territory they could not longer maintain with their legions.
Observations: One of the most brilliant observations on future society was made by Jacques Fresco, who pioneered the idea of a resource based economy. Only still a general concept, he has built a couple of self sustainable communities first in Florida and later in South America, as evidence that the marriage of technology and resources can work. Today, to counter the cry for giving their workers minimum wages, companies like MacDog Food restaurant responded by eliminating people and inserting order machines. These are oppositional to a resource based economy, because profit over people is more important to those who believe that he who dies with the most toys win.
8. Military Spending
Maintaining an army to defend the border of the Empire from barbarian attacks was a constant drain on the government. Military spending left few resources for other vital activities, such as providing public housing and maintaining quality roads and aqueducts. Frustrated Romans lost their desire to defend the Empire. The empire had to begin hiring soldiers recruited from the unemployed city mobs or worse from foreign counties. Such an army was not only unreliable, but very expensive. The emperors were forced to raise taxes frequently which in turn led again to increased inflation.
observations: If a nation increases its army base and has few wars to fight. What does it do with the spill over? it uses this excess to control an increasingly upset local population, that sees taxes going to military spending instead of alleviating social decay.
THE FINAL BLOWS
For years, the well-disciplined Roman army held the barbarians of Germany back. Then in the third century A. D. the Roman soldiers were pulled back from the Rhine-Danube frontier to fight civil war in Italy. This left the Roman border open to attack. Gradually Germanic hunters and herders from the north began to overtake Roman lands in Greece and Gaul (later France). Then in 476 A. D. the Germanic general Odacer or Odovacar overthrew the last of the Roman Emperors, Augustulus Romulus. From then on the western part of the Empire was ruled by Germanic chieftain. Roads and bridges were left in disrepair and fields left untilled. Pirates and bandits made travel unsafe. Cities could not be maintained without goods from the farms, trade and business began to disappear. And Rome was no more in the West. And just like Rome, the Western nations and their decrepit empires are failing or have failed. They are now reaping the fruits of their imperialism, by dealing with so called terrorism knocking on their back, front door and basement windows.