Here I present several oversimplifications in order to make my point.
It seems to me that politics and populism instill a kind of madness in us all. The Rise and Fall of Empires published: So now I urge you to return to the chart at the top of this page and ask yourself: am I comfortable living on the decline of the last bump? If the answer is "no" then I suggest you suppress your expressions of: ignorance, superstition, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance, rejection of science.
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Politicians no longer care about the people. In Athens where Democracy was born, they constantly fought to seize power back and even made Pericles stand trial.
Government has always sought to bribe the people creating a welfare state. The Romans knew that the way to power was to promise everything but give them bread and circuses sport games and they could maintain power. Nothing has changed. Many people can name every person on some sports team but cannot name their political minister, congressman, or whatever lofty title they call themselves.
They make a mockery of the very word.
We are approaching the grave danger of a Dark Age beginning from the aftermath of Hopefully, I will be gone by then and will not have to face this horrible event. Yet Dark Ages are reoccurring events throughout history and in all cultures.
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Dark Ages seem to come in units of 3 so they are or years. The cause is always political corruption. There was no intrinsic value since they were bronze or iron.
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This process led people NOT to hoard money. Chinese coins were sought after since they would not be devalued. Eventually, nobody would accept Japanese coins and they ceased to be issued for years. People used Chinese coins or bags of rice.
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A new bronze coin was introduced in AD known as the Follis. Again, one 52 year cycle saw its collapse from over 16 grams to under just 2 grams. By the time you come toward the very end of the Roman Empire, you rarely find any bronze and when you do, it is less than an American penny.