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Spending is the Problem

HOW EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT KILLED ANCIENT ROME

This Cato Institute paper is an EXCELLENT read, and has MANY parallels to our current state of affairs. There is an added advantage of being able to see where various policies lead, using Rome as example, using the spectacles of hindsight and significant amounts of historical fact.

As a link, here is a short excerpt on excessive taxes. Click the link to read more about Roman statism, inflation, currency, economy and individual liberty:

"In the fifty years after Diocletian the Roman tax burden roughly doubled, making it impossible for small farmers to live on their production (Bernardi 1970: 55). [14] This is what led to the final breakdown of the economy (Jones 1959). As Lactantius (1984: 13) put it:

The number of recipients began to exceed the number of contributors by so much that, with farmers' resources exhausted by the enormous size of the requisitions, fields became deserted and cultivated land was turned into forest."

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