They say that the purpose of studying history is so that we don’t need to repeat our mistakes.
So what have we learned in two millennia?
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public
debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest
Rome become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”
– Cicero – 55 BC