Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins, Rome Michael Regicide, Rome discussed on Coast to Coast AM


Hopkins we're discussing a theoretical Michael and I enjoy taking pieces of history and putting together in attempting. To interpret the, clutter of the current events around us in this instance it has to do with what, Michael and I have dubbed the new American civil war which Victor Hanson of the Hoover Institution in these last hours is told me is already underway and I'm accepting that it's already. Underway and I'm looking to Rome for. What that means the striking fact is. That it's possible it means we're permanently in civil war there will be no resolution as there was in, the, eighteen sixties or even after the new deal revolution remade understanding of the power of the federal government in the nineteen thirties and forties having to do with a conflict overseas. That was a complication of the failure of European government but right now we're speaking. To the future twenty first twenty second twenty third century that's how long civil. War can go on because that's what happened in Rome Michael regicide it drove the Roman civil war not. Just the first, one with Caesar and Pompey and Crassus but also the one that followed September severance you've, named his son one son murdered the other one but that there was never going to be stability after that there were off times governors of major provinces Britain for example or Panonia. Or Syria who would lay claim and. Challenged roam the senators themselves were always. Being sent to govern one particular province or another and then propose themselves as all powerful because they can, take, can control the legions in their province so regicide drives civil war and we're now watching on television on two particular cables but really all three cables discussed the topic and. The front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post two of our. Major newspapers the removing of Donald Trump four and then fill in the blank That is a, rolling form of regicide that in the Roman example Michael did. Not lead to stability it led to the, opposite, to a, kind of anarchy where, no one believed that we could elect. Someone to to bring us together where everyone chose their own kings is that, inevitable Michael are we inevitably in that pathway now regicide Billy is the outcome that makes legitimate a. System that has come apart, in other words regicide is the act but the act. Is preceded by a rejection of the legitimacy of of the ruling party and it's you know selected region right the emperor and what's happened today, over the course of time, I think really since the two thousand Thousand election but but sort of culminating with twenty sixteen, election is that both parties are. At a point and of course right now the dominant driving force in terms of unseating the emperor is is blue but the fact is that both parties cannot accept the other party. Being, in power and what is important? About American history is that there has always been an acceptance of of a new. Force in American, politics where one party, surges into power and unseats the other and creates a new party system and we've had. Six so, far and, even the, collapse? Of the party system and the coming apart of the US, in the civil war led to a Resisting that occurred in after the war in eighteen seventy six and a reacceptance of this and what what you have now is a A determination to make is the central Thriving element of your political agenda. The overthrow of, whoever is in power and of course what that means is that neither side can present somebody who can be considered by. All as the, emperor has the president and you know you can see this in Rome, in the, sense that in its heyday the emperor the new emperor in Rome would always be acclaimed ritually by the Roman Senate and the Roman people that was necessary to legitimate the fact that he was accepted by all, the major elements in the Roman politics and that is no. Longer the case in the United States and, so even though that's a. Symbolic situation it is actually quite well Worrisome because what it means is that there is no path forward to a unifying figure that either side can only present a leader an emperor who is unacceptable to the other side and that is exactly, what happened to Rome and it is unique in new I. Would argue in the American experience and even, though it hasn't led yet To a violent contest or confrontation The fact that this is the state of American political consciousness means that were very likely to get to two months or some sort of terrible reckoning? In the years. Ahead is it I'm not gonna, I'm not going to be anything but a negative here is it because we're already plunged into this Michael and? Doesn't have a name right now is that why we are so. Calm a so, comfortable with it now the words I don't hear a lot of. Resistance to this or a reluctance I don't hear voices. On television or. In the newspapers looking for piece I hear contests being thrown up by very articulate people Using language that is a retrievable it's it's violent language well we're? Not talking about twentieth century civil wars like Germany and Spain or. Columbia or Mexico, but but I have to raise the specter of these earlier civil. Wars and revolutions by saying one of the features that. Precedes the outbreak. Of civil war is the embrace of the drama right Exciting sort of pink life, trauma of, of a plunging in, to a violent confrontation, and using using the language of of go on YouTube and look at violent clashes between an, pizza and the all right you would see an almost joyous embraced of battle all right we'll let We'll return to this idea I don't want to get to here while though we're on the edge of it Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins looking..

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