The Politics of Fear - 01-15


While getting my Bettany Hughes fix watching a history program about Rome, I saw a strange parallel to modern times. The slave revolt led by Spartacus was characterized not as a heroic epic where Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas fought to get freaky with Jean Simmons, but a nearly successful uprising that not only scared the bejezzus out of the city state’s wealthy citizenry, but started Rome down a path toward dictatorship and eventual ruin.