Earl Wrote:
Nov 08, 2012 9:54 AM
So did Rome. Barbarians didn't come thundering out of northern Europe to lay siege to the walls of Rome. Rather, they infiltrated over centuries, inter-marrying with the Romans--mostly soldiers who retired along the frontier. Romans lived in a "one-percenter" slave society where emperors bought support with low-priced bread and games. In the end, one barbarian chieftain overthrew a barbarian emperor and Europe entered the Dark Ages. The good news was that over time the energy of northern Europe meshed with the classics of the Mediterranean (kept alive by the Catholic Church and Islamic universities) to form Western European culture from whence we eventually drew our values based on Locke and a handful of others,