Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Government Failure: The Fall of the Roman Empire

According to Adrian Goldsworth, the fall of the Roman Empire was government failure (HT Selva Brasilis):
At a basic level the emperors and government officials of the Late Roman Empire had forgotten what the empire was for. The wider interests of the state […] were secondary to their own personal success and survival. […] There had been plenty of selfish and corrupt individuals in earlier periods of Roman history, just as there have been in all other societies. The difference was that by the late empire it was difficult for them to behave in any other way.

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