In these annals, we have shown how a just Republic is gradually transformed, over time, into a corrupt empire. Many still deny the transformation, clinging to an artificial narrative which is conveniently provided to "cleanse" the conscience. But denial (as any psychoanalyst will confirm) is not conducive to a healthy state of mind.
In post after post, we have supported an argument (central to these annals) to identify the root cause of the empire's moral decay. But first, there is a well known adage, which this author accepts as irrefutable, due to the volume and consistency of historical evidence, as follows:
All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The power to create wealth by decree is humanity's absolute power.