Is it a thought crime to discern a parallel?

Writes Rick Rozoff :

The Paul mentioned is the former Saul of Tarsus, St. Paul.

Paul was staying in Rome only out of a sense of duty. He felt the most extreme repugnance at lingering there. Everything in this monstrous city got his back up. The insolence of a handful of rich people, who wasted the revenues of enormous estates, and many of whom had no overpowering reason for being in Rome except for senatorial or political obligations. The incurable idleness of the ordinary people, who worked less and less and demanded more and more from a state which played providence to them. The wretched condition, in moral even more than in material terms, of a huge mass of public and private slaves, most of them born into slavery, whether by accident or design, and brought to this Babel from every part of the world. The swarms of beggars, both amateur and professional. The incredible amount of prostitutes of both sexes. The obscene mixed baths. The bloodthirsty violence of the munera. The dangerous brutality of the chariot races, where many of the drivers were killed by being dragged in the dust or crushed by the horses’ hooves. The cruel pornography of the theaters. The frequent abandoning of newborn children on the rubbish heaps. Nero’s personal program – the emperor, partly from inner conviction and partly out of a calculated desire to pander to the people, had encouraged all the vices of Babylon and Sodom to an unprecedented degree. It was official policy – and shamelessly advertised as such – for the people to enjoy themselves to the full at both ends. They were there to enjoy themselves non-stop, to be reduced to a stupor by continual pleasure: get them by the belly and the crotch and keep them emptied of thought or feeling.

 

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