Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
October 25, 2006

WB: The Boxer ++


III: Birds of a Feather


I. The Boxer

Posted by b on October 25, 2006 at 5:33 UTC | Permalink


When the admirable Tiberius upon becoming emperor, received a message from the Senate in which the conscript fathers assured him that whatever legislation he wanted would be automatically passed by them, he sent back word that this was outrageous. "Suppose the emperor is ill or mad or incompetent?" He returned their message. They sent it again. His response: "How eager you are to be slaves."
-- Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Oct 25 2006 11:54 utc | 1

Dear MoA,

I have a four-week vacation coming up, and I want to catch-up on some reading. I read most everything in my youth, except that I never got around to devouring Gibbon.

Given recent world events, do you think it is worthwhile to read all of Gibbon, or should I just stick with Lewis Carroll?

Posted by: DM | Oct 25 2006 13:04 utc | 2

"But Cheney already has one:"

Cheney ain't no Sir Lawrence Olivier, even when they both look like Joseph Mengele. Sir Larry is only acting.

Posted by: pb | Oct 25 2006 16:13 utc | 3

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