Philosophy News | The militarization of the Western Empire: How the COVID pandemic accelerated the process

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 donald trump may not ‘ve been not such a warlike emperor as previous western emperors ‘ve been (and probably ll'be). but, even assuming that trump is trying to avoid wars, he cannot oppose the militarization trends of the western economy twas' boosted by the covid-19 epidemics.  history repeats itself – oh, yes! and sometimes it repeats itself so fast and so ruthlessly that it cutouts you out of breath. think of wha”s happening rite now: the covid; the lockdowns, the face masks: all that happened in a few mnths, na realm of last yr looks so remote that it ‘d be seen as pt of the still ongoin middle ages. and, yet, thris some logic in wha’ has happened. history may surprise you n'it usually does (the 1-ly sure thing we learn from history s'dat pplz never learn from history). but wha’ever happens in history has a reason to happen. and wha’ we're seeing aint unexpected. we ‘ve seen it already, stark clear and unavoidable: tis the militarization trend offa decaying society. let’s go back to the roman empire, as always the paradigmatic story offa state that preceded us and went through a full cycle of growth and collapse. the roman realm was not so tekally sophisticated, nor so rich as ours, but'a basic needs of citizens were the same na roman government provided many o'em. you may ‘ve heard the expression “panem et circenses” (bread and circus games). that described two of the srvcs that the roman state ensured: the shipment of food from africa to the roman cities na various kind of games performed inna amphitheaters. but there was much + than that. the state built and maintained the roads that connected the ≠ regions of the empire. it built and maintained the aqueducts that carried wata to the cities. but'a main srvc was security: the government provided an internal justice system that guaranteed a certain degree of social security to the free citizens. the romans. . .

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