Queastor: “The much reviled scramble for Africa started in the late 19th century. In less than a century all those nasty racist colonial outposts were gone. Whatever positive influence these imperial enterprises could have had evidently didn’t take — not enough time. To put it perspective it took the Romans 400 years to convert the tattooed headhunting Gauls into proto-Frenchmen. If Claudius had withdrawn the legions from Britannia rather than complete the conquest of what was to become England, what would have been the fate of Europe? What if Caesar had submitted to the Senate, and his illegal annexation of Gaul had been repudiated. Would we now think of French cuisine as just minor variations on roast pork? European civilization (and ours by extension) is owed more than any other thing to Roman Imperialism. At first the Celts, Gauls and Germans resented Roman dominance, but when that dominating power was removed they longed for its return for centuries, even as late as the dawn of the 19th century French republicanism and its Napoleonic successor looked to Rome as its model.” Althouse: “Accused of being a witch, the tiny boy had spent months trying to survive on the streets.”

Commenter Quaestor: The much reviled scramble for Africa started in the late 19th century. In less than a century all those nasty racist colonial outposts

 ‘Plutarch observed of the dying days of the Roman Republic, “The people were at that time extremely corrupted by the gifts of those who sought office, and most made a constant trade of selling their voices.”’ How Government Buys Your Support

Plutarch observed of the dying days of the Roman Republic, “The people were at that time extremely corrupted by the gifts of those who sought

Unpopular with one set:  “Scalia prioritized free speech rights, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, protection of the right to trial by jury (despite others’ repeated attempts to cut corners), and, importantly, the obligation of Congress and state legislatures to enact clearly-worded criminal statutes that gave fair warning of what actions (or inactions, for that matter) could land one in prison.” Despite A Full Life, Justice Scalia Died Prematurely — By At Least One Measure | WGBH News

Scalia prioritized free speech rights, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, protection of the right to trial by jury (despite others’ repeated attempts to cut corners), and, importantly, the

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