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Monday, August 19, 2019

Video: Lawrence Reed on Modern Parallels to the Fall of Rome

Many of the trends of our day echo those of the ancient Republic, which make its lessons all the more relevant, even pressing, for us now.

It’s not unusual to hear modern-day America (and more broadly, the modern West) compared with the late stages of the Roman Republic, which crumbled and gave way to totalitarian rule by caesars. But is the comparison valid? On August 8, the Acton Institute welcomed Lawrence Reed, president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education, to talk about that topic as part of the 2019 Acton Lecture Series. We’re pleased to share the video of the event with you below.

You can view Larry’s essay, “Are We Rome?” here.

This was republished with permission from the Acton Institute.

  • Lawrence W. Reed is FEE's President Emeritus, having previously served for nearly 11 years as FEE’s president (2008-2019). He is also FEE's Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. His Facebook page is here and his personal website is