Rome Had Caesar. America Has Trump. The People Were and Are Desperate.
If you want to understand why my neighbors voted for Trump, look to the Romans who cheered on Julius Caesar.
I teach ancient history at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. One question I’m often asked when I tell people what I do is whether or not America is falling apart like Rome did long ago. They want to know what Donald Trump’s victory means for our country and if the Romans can teach us anything about why Trump was able to pull off one of the most stunning political triumphs in American history.
The Roman people, in the end, simply decided that they would rather have food than freedom.
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