They preferred to live freely under the appearance of slavery than live in slavery under the appearance of freedom.” (describing Rome during its fall, and why people fled it.)Salvian, the fifth-century writer from Gaul
I read from a lot of varied perspectives, and the above quote came from a financial guy as he was discussing the debt enslavement Americans have been and are in during the decline of America.
If you stop to think when tax freedom day is, it does wake you up. It used to be that you would be done with your tax payment by March of each year. But that day has kept pushing back more and more, and now it’s almost to May (been a while since I’ve checked).
Plus all the service fees, state and local taxes, and the expenses just keep rising. But, at the same time, the return on our tax dollars continues to dwindle. There is now a pretty clear cut case that the elites in America see us as their cash cows. Through their connections and insider dealing, they created a two-tier system.
During the waning days of the Roman Empire, the exact same thing happened. And this was why Roman citizens, though “free” on paper, were really slaves in reality. Slaves to the oppressive taxes, scared of the capriciousness of the soldiers, not truly protected from outside attacks by Goths. But they were considered “free.”
This is why many chose to flee outside of the Roman Empire, where they may have been “slaves” in other lands, but they were in reality free from oppressive rulers.
I know many, myself included, who have thought of getting a second passport or moving to a location that is out of the way and in reality, more free. So, history does show us exactly where we are in the collapse of the Pax Americana empire.