this is the typical piece that could have been written by policy makers of the Roman Empire (Eastern, at that point already) as they willingly sacrifice their previous homeland (Western Europe) to barbarians they’ve associated with to create “great prosperity”. “Rome will keep it’s civilizing role in the world, we’re just moving the capital a little East because of its obvious advantages over Rome proper”.
such argument is not at all compelling and, wasn’t it for capitalist teleonomy, the Roman example should suffice to inform the US of A: yes, you can enjoy another 1000 years of more or less impressive cultural exuberance. but only if you focus on your side of the Mare Nostrum – and Christen the barbarians (by the sword, if needed).

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