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“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus
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Posted by: LateForLunch ®

05/02/2019, 14:51:49

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Tacitus documented the last years of the Empire before it fell (during Caesar's reign, I believe), so he more than many in the entire span of history, might comment intelligently about this.

The noble Roman Republic was just a sweet, haunting memory to the People of the Empire, as it was usurped by legalists, plutocrats, squabblers and cacogens resulting in its collapse.

Tacitus personally saw how the fair, even-handed Republican structure gave way to the more-repressive, more-savage, less-representative Imperial autocracy where the mechanisms of elected government came to be nothing more or less than another instrument of enforcing tyranny (by either plotters in the Senate with other plutocrats, or military commanders marching with this or that faction opposed to the Emperor's rule). 

The use of laws to undo Justice rather than uphold it, was one of the lamentations of all scholars who witnessed the ongoing decline and eventual destruction of the Roman Republic - which was among the greatest, most-decent governments ever to have existed.  

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