Today Glenn Beck shared the first chapter of his newest book BROKE. In that chapter Glenn begins by sharing the some of the history of the fall of the Roman Empire. Much of the information was taken from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.
Glenn also talked about this same subject on November 3rd. Here is what he had to say about it:
“GLENN: I just talked to Kevin Balfe, the co author of Broke. He just came in. He runs the publishing part of my company and I was just telling him last night, I picked up Broke, 1:00, 2:00 in the morning and I picked up Broke and I was reading it again. I was looking for specific things in it. It is a great, great textbook. I was looking for historic parallels and I was looking for parallels and I re-read the part on Rome. This is in the beginning, the opening pages. How did we get here? That’s the first section, how did we get here? It talks about Rome and what they did is pushed for intellectual mediocrity, quoting Gibins (Gibbon) from The Rise and the Fall of the Roman Empire, “the minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level. The fire of genius was extinguished.” So what happened was they didn’t cherish learning anymore. See if you see the parallels here. Quoting Broke, “a society that seeks to equalize the minds of men doesn’t cherish real learning. Education becomes the right of the few. The elite, in Rome’s case, the priests. In our case, the Ivy League.” Don’t tell me that the modern day priests aren’t those in academia. They are. You’re too stupid to understand it. You don’t know. You have to come to us for the answers. The masses must accept their interpretation. Well, isn’t that what happened with the Tea Party. You people are too stupid. You don’t understand. The academics, the elites in both politics, in banking and in the Ivy League, you must accept their interpretation. Likewise, a society that seeks to equalize incentives for work doesn’t cherish individualism. In Rome, heavy taxes, some of which were paid not just in money but in food, goods or livestock, ate away at the incentive to work hard. By the time of the emperor Diocletian he forced male children to adopt the profession of their father. By that time, all motivation, drive and individual initiative had vanished.”
You can read the rest of this at http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/47611/