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Are We Rome? by Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed



Monumental sums for bailouts. Staggering increases in public debt. Concentration of power in the central government. These are only some of the economic issues the United States is facing. Lawrence W. Reed, president of FEE, discusses 21st Century America and how familiar it is to the ill-fated Roman welfare state of two millennia ago. 

Further Suggested Readings:

Podcast: Rome's Economic Suicide with Lawrence W. Reed and Marc Hyden

Infographic: Currency and the Collapse of the Roman Empire

"The Slow-Motion Financial Suicide of the Roman Empire" by Lawrence W. Reed and Marc Hyden

"The Fall of the Republic" by Lawrence W. Reed

"Homeland Security Circa AD 285" by Harold B. Jones, Jr.

"Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty" by Lawrence W. Reed

"Bureaucracy Kills: A Lesson from Rome" by William Henry Chamberlain

"Ancient Lessons" by James A. Maccaro

"Poor Relief in Ancient Rome" by Henry Hazlitt

"The Ancient Suicide of the West" by Nicholas Davidson

"Rome: Money, Mischief, and Minted Crises" by Marc Hyden and Lawrence W. Reed 

Recommended Books:

"The New Deal in Old Rome" by H.J. Haskell

"The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire" by Anthony Everitt

Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician” by Anthony Everitt

Cicero: A Portrait” by Elizabeth Rawson

Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome” by Kathryn Tempest

Empires of Trust” by Thomas F. Madden

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic” by Tom Holland

"The Roman Revolution" by Ronald Syme

How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome” (policy brief) by Bruce Bartlett

How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

Drawn largely from his talk, “Are We Rome?” and his essay, “Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty,” FEE president Lawrence Reed delivered this speech at the final “Farewell to Irvington” event on August 23, 2014.


Lawrence W. Reed speaks about the parallels between the fall of Rome and the modern United States

This talk was delivered at FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2013.

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