AMERICAN NOTES: Of the U.S. and Rome

Odd how Rome continues to spook the American imagination. Interventionists and cold war warriors invoke the ancient empire as an example of world order that the U.S. must help impose. On the other hand, Rome is also invoked by those who see the Decline of the West in every long-haired head and every puff of pot.

Speaking to Midwest news editors in Kansas City, President Nixon referred to federal buildings in Washington and said: "Sometimes when I see those pillars, I think of seeing them on the Acropolis in Greece. I think...

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