Demonstrators are using protests to raise awareness of the expansion of drone bases across America.
If the Romans taught us anything, it is that their republic was built on excluding the many.
The phrase "bread and circuses," coined by a Roman satirist who said the commoners had to be provided food to prevent their rioting and public spectacles to distract them from Augustus' tyranny, rings true today—with a key difference.
Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)
The Nixon tapes have yielded untold, er, riches over the years, and here's yet another nugget, featuring Nixon in a wide-ranging conversation with Bob Haldeman and John Erlichman on the subject of homosexuality. The discussion begins with a dissection of an episode of "All in the Family" and then spins off to such topics as how homosexuality "destroyed the Greeks," the Roman Empire and San Francisco.