The Republic is in danger. Populist leaders — including one of the country’s richest men — are stirring up resentment among the masses against the intellectual elites in the Senate. The economy is unstable. Minor external threats are twisted in order to justify massive military campaigns. The smartest politicians are paralyzed with fear, not knowing whether to attack the populists or which one to focus their fire on first. Good men are doing nothing, and evil is about to triumph

We’re talking Ancient Rome in the first century B.C. — not America in the 21st century. Still, there is much we moderns can learn from the true story of what author Robert Harris calls “arguably the most tumultuous period in history.” Read more…

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