Immutable Law #7

With the loss of fiscal solvency comes a loss of sovereignty. After the fall of the Roman Empire of the West in AD 476, the Emperor Justinian came to power in Constantinople, the capital of the still existent Roman Empire of the East. With the help of some able generals, Justinian was able to reclaim [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 24th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #7

Immutable Law #6

To hold territory, a state must be populated by those loyal to the central authority. When immigration overwhelms assimilation, the fall is predicted. In the summer of 376 AD, the Roman Emperor, Valens, agreed to allow a very large tribe of Goths to settle in Thrace. He could not have imagined that this decision would [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 23rd, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #6

Immutable Law #5

When a free people, through taxation, is deprived of its ability to acquire wealth and property, collapse is presaged. Crushing taxation imposed upon the middle and lower class Romans contributed to the loss of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Iberia, and North Africa to the German invaders of the fifth century. In the second and [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 20th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #5

Immutable Law #4

If a people cannot avoid continuous internal warfare, they will have a new order imposed from without. As the fifth century wore on, leading to the final disappearance of Roman governance in Western Europe, Roman armies continued their long suffering tradition of proclaiming their generals Emperor. While vast portions of Europe and North Africa were [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 19th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #4

Immutable Law #3

Appeasement of a ruthless outside power always invites aggression. Treaties made with ruthless despots are always fruitless and dangerous. Prior to the ultimate conquest of the Greek mainland in 338, Greek allies, Thebes and Athens, negotiated the Peace of Philocrates with Philip II of Macedon. This gave him their acquiescence to the capture and enslavement [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 18th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #3

Immutable Law #2

In battle, free men almost always defeat slaves. (Herodotus’ Law) In 450 BC, Herodotus completed his Histories of the great war between the Greeks and Persians. (It is from his work that we know the details surrounding the battle of Thermopylae popularized in the film, 500). Herodotus, considered the first Western historian, attempted to understand [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 17th, 2012|Civilization History, United States of America|Comments Off on Immutable Law #2

A Phenomenon of History: small ruthless bands of thugs will take over vastly larger docile civilizations

One of the lesser understood phenomenon of history is that small ruthless bands of thugs will inevitably take over vastly larger docile civilizations, the operative words being ruthless and civilized. The civilized are those among us who feel that they have too much to lose and are therefore always willing to deal. The ruthless thugs [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 16th, 2012|Civilization History, Islam and the West|Comments Off on A Phenomenon of History: small ruthless bands of thugs will take over vastly larger docile civilizations

Immutable Law #1

No nation has ever survived once its citizenry ceased to believe its culture worth saving. (Hanson’s Law) In Professor Hanson’s essay, War Will Be War, which became the genesis for this book and was the inspiration for this immutable law, he wrote: “Themistocles’ Athens beat back hundreds of thousands of Persians; yet little more than [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16-07:00 April 13th, 2012|Civilization History, United States of America, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #1

Of Libya and Fifth Century of Rome

The following is excerpted from my forthcoming book on the Lessons from Fallen Civilizations. In AD 450s the Roman Empire’s sovereignty over Western Europe had shriveled to just a few provinces in central Italy and southern Gaul. Two decades earlier, Germanic invaders, Vandals, who controlled all Iberia (today’s Spain and Portugal) were led by a [...]

By | 2016-05-10T14:28:25-07:00 March 25th, 2011|Disarming America, Rome|Comments Off on Of Libya and Fifth Century of Rome

Amnesty Ruined Western Roman Empire

Congress now piously debates an amnesty bill, U.S. cities brace for more marches promoted by Spanish-language radio stations, and Marxists and anarchists wish to see more and more illegals have a claim on your family assets. It’s chilling to remember that it was our ancestors’ embrace of amnesty that served to bring down the Western [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:25-07:00 April 7th, 2006|Disarming America, Human Events, Rome|Comments Off on Amnesty Ruined Western Roman Empire