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  • one of the causes of the downfall of rome was that people being fed by the state ceased to have any responsibility for themselves or their children, and consequently became a nation of wasters. they frequented the circuses, where paid performers appeared before them in the arena, much as we see the crowds now flocking to look on at paid players playing football... thousands of boys and young men, pale, narrow-chested, hunched-up, miserable specimens, smoking endless cigarettes, numbers of them betting, all of them learning to be hysterical as they groan or cheer in panic unison with their neighbours -- the worst sound of all being the hysterical scream of laughter that greets any little trip or fall of the player. one wonders whether this can be the same nation which gained for itself the reputation of being stolid, pipe-sucking manhood, unmoved by panic or excitement, and reliable in the tightest of places. get the lads away from this -- teach them to be manly.

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    • I suppose we could all stay at home and watch Larry Grayson videos instead. But would that make us all more 'manly'?

      Rome fell due to a combination of lead poisoning leading to plumbism and the cowardice, avarice and criminal neglect by it's rulers.