18.8.09

Taxation: a factor in the Fall of Rome

Byron Bullock who has in the past sent me some fantastic articles has sent me this link to Lew Rockwell a contributing factor of the fall of Rome in the West...

A must read - fascinating - long article - well worth reading

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/peden1.1.1.html

[...] The economy of the west was perhaps more fatally weakened than that of the east, and when we read in the writings of the early 5th century Christian priest Salvian of Marseille his account of why the Roman state was collapsing in the west – he was writing from France, Gaul – Salvian says that the Roman state is collapsing because it deserved collapse; because it had denied the first premise of good government which was justice to the people. And by justice he meant a just system of taxation. Salvian tells us, and I don't think he's exaggerating, that one of the reasons why the Roman state collapsed in the 5th century was that the Roman people, the mass of the population, had but one wish after being captured by the barbarians: that they would never again fall under the rule of the Roman bureaucracy. In other words, the Roman state was the enemy, the barbarians were the liberators. And this undoubtedly was due to the inflation of the 3rd century. While the state had solved the monetary problem for its own constituents, it had failed to solve that monetary problem for the masses and continued to use an oppressive system of taxation in order to fill the coffers of the ruling bureaucrats and military.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Byron.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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