Engendering Huns and Vandals

Thursday, August 28, 2008
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From Rob Stove comes this prophetic phrase from Lord Macaulay, written in 1857 to an American correspondent:

When society has entered on this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand, or your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid to waste by the barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth, with the difference that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman empire came from without; and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country by your own institutions.

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