Earthquakes & Government Responses
Karl Marx may have failed in creating communism, but he succeeded in turning the world into Socialists. The 19th century onward has been dominated by this idea of socialism. People see socialism as often a good thing because they think that the government is there like Santa Claus to take care of them. But socialism is far more than simply handouts. It also entails invading personal choices and regulating everything. We have discovered that Republics have historically always degenerated into oligarchies, which was why Caesar crossed the Rubicon. Socialism also demands this idea of “equality,” and as such, they justify the confiscation of private assets and income, claiming they are doing God’s work and bring material equality to the world.
When the Roman Republic fell, it moved into a hybrid monarchy where the emperor pretended to still be elected each year. However, when we look at their responses to disasters, we see the difference between even Imperial Rome and socialism. There was a major earthquake that destroyed much of the city of Sades in Lydia (Turkey), which was really the first financial capital where coinage was born. Emperor Tiberius personally donated 10 million sesterces for relief, but he also suspended all taxes in the city for 5 years. Under no circumstances would any Socialist state ever waive all taxes.
The fake news of the day said Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
Article from LewRockwell