Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Wisdom of Pertinax

Publius Helvius Pertinax Augustus
Pertinax was the Roman Senator who was appointed emperor of the Holy Roman Empire when the very corrupt, bloody and despicable tyrant emperor Commodus was assassinated on December 31, A.D. 192.

Pertinax found that the exhausted treasury of the Roman Empire had but only eight thousand pounds to defray the current expenses of the government.

Here is what Pertinax said:

It is better to be satisfied to administer with innocence a poor republic than to acquire riches by the ways of tyranny and dishonor.”

As related in:

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”
by Edward Gibbon

The Modern Library Classics
Random House, New York, 2003

JG: Cubans banished tyranny and dishonor on January First, 1959. Cuba may be a poor republic, but it has honor. People helping people! Capitalism has a lot to learn from the island.

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