The trend of the day is to ask guys how often they think about the Roman Empire, with the woman of tiktok and Instagram absolutely shocked by how many men ponder the Roman Empire and its’ fall on a daily basis.
If you asked my mother how often I think about the Roman Empire, she’d probably tell you that I think about it too much, that she wishes I didn’t think about it at all, and that if I didn’t she probably wouldn’t have been hanging-on for dear life as I sped my way through the never ending winding roads of the North of England, driving on the wrong side of the road in a Peugeot, searching in the evening darkness that is typical around Christmas time for the farm country that Hadrian’s Wall divides.
(Myself Shown Above inspecting a section of the Roman Emperors Hadrian’s Wall that once divided England and Scotland)
Fortunately enough, as this social media trend was kicking off, I was in the middle of reading one of the books recommended for me from Amazon: “Why Empires Fall: Rome, America, and the Future of the West” by Peter Heather & John Rapley, so this is an opportunity for a book review and a social media trend that I cannot miss.
To be honest, this isn’t exactly my favorite book on the subject of the Roman Empire, actually it’s my least favorite. I think the authors are a little too out of touch with the times and try a little to hard to say that America & the Modern West are not similar to Rome and won’t experience a similar fall if they make the same mistakes. In a nutshell, the book ague’s that previous histories of Rome are inaccurate, gives some vague examples in very specific spots on the map where “maybe,” there’s some evidence that could potentially lead to the conclusion that the traditional reasons (immigration, military over-spending, government corruption) associated with the fall of the Roman Empire are not entirely accurate. It’s not often I come across a book on the Roman Empire that has a liberal and globalist agenda.. but I certainly found one here. The author makes the claim that, “even low-skilled migrants are a net benefit,” then gives no data or evidence for that claim. The reader does get the feel that the author has a disdain for the Colonial English Empire and thinks the UK along with the West should effectively take a backseat on the world stage and accept mass amounts of migrants, even though that is in large part, exactly how Rome Fell….
On the Fletcher Dilmore book review scale, “Why Empires Fall: Rome, America, and the Future of the West” by Peter Heather & John Rapley, receives a 2/10. I wouldn’t waste your time picking this up, as it seems the authors spent very little time thinking about and writing this book.
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