The Politics of Fear

likethedew.com - 01-15

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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.