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Quote of the Day (October 25, 2008)

October 25, 2008

Quotemarks"It would be wiser to examine the whole fabric of Rome's civilization for the fatal flaws which finally brought down the greatest single political organization created by man. Corruption, greed, and inefficiency, much more than size and complexity, appear to be responsible for the failure to solve problems which should never have been allowed to come into existence. It seems clear that the cracks and fissures in the mold of Roman civilization first became dangerous in the economic facade, and that they were caused primarily by the Roman attitude toward economic matters: the penchant for exploitation rather than production, and its corollary, the contemptuous attitude toward labor...."

-- William Carroll Bark, Origins of the Medieval World (1958)

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