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Is America like Rome?

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Started: 4/15/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TRaCKBoY

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Rome and America share a plethora of similarities. In my opinion, America may end in much the same way Rome did. Rome was the strongest power in the world only to be wiped out by mere Barbarians. There are many reasons why Rome, like America, was flawed and corrupt.
thebassettman

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Rome fell because it created an empire so large that it simply couldn't support itself the way it could in earlier times. Barbarians overrun it because A) Soldiers could not be mobilised fast enough to combat the threat B) The ones that could didn't stand a chance against the superior numbers of the barbarians, regardless of how well trained the Romans were and C) Almost all of the land conquered by Rome was taken from the natives by force, so the natives did nothing as the empire burned. America meanwhile doesn't invade other nations, it merely spreads its influence to them and encourages them to do what America wants. America is also one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world and so can afford to have a large "unofficial empire".
Debate Round No. 1
TRaCKBoY

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What you say is true, but you have also failed to even breach the topic of the debate.
thebassettman

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Debate Round No. 2
TRaCKBoY

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thebassettman

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by SkyLeach 1 year ago
SkyLeach
I'm hesitant to join a debate where the goals are insufficiently defined. Drawing similarities between any two societal cultures, especially political systems, is far too easy. Rome and the United States both have systems of government based on representative politics. For all of that, they have a great many differences as well. The differences are largely around mechanisms of governance that were established due to lessons learned from the fall of Rome. Even if the US Government falls, which it is by no means certain it will, the cause of collapse would have to be determined in order to draw meaningful correlation between a fallen empire such as the Roman empire.

Essentially the debate would be forced to devolve into a sociological debate on evolutionary grounds. Since sociological evolution wasn't even a known quantity in rome, and the united states has not yet fallen into effective dictatorship which breaks the foundation of the system itself, it would be a logical fallacy of slippery slope to compare them at all.
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