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The disappearing middle class, and a nation, on the brink (Timothy R. Ferguson and David C. Gore, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 27, 2016)
(Episode VII) The Mob Awakens (Timothy R. Ferguson, FT Alphaville (Financial Times) February 26, 2016)
Constitution's roots go back to Greek historian (Timothy R. Ferguson and David C. Gore, Duluth News Tribune, October 5, 2014)
Declining middle class could send America the way of Rome (Timothy R. Ferguson, Raleigh News & Observer, April 9, 2014) Research:
Excerpt, The Histories, Herodotus, 450 B.C.
Excerpt, The Suppliants, Euripides, 423 B.C.
Excerpt, Memorabilia, Xenophon, 370 B.C.
Excerpt, The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, 350 B.C.
Excerpt, The Politics, Aristotle, 350 B.C.
Excerpt, The Histories, Polybius, 133 B.C.
Excerpt, The Conspiracy of Catiline, Sallust, 63 B.C.
Excerpt, On The Republic, Cicero, 54 B.C.
Excerpt, Roman Antiquities, Dionysius, 7 B.C.
Excerpt, Digest of Justinian, Pomponius, 530 A.D.
Excerpt, De Regimine Principum, Aquinas, 1267 A.D.
Excerpt, De Monarchia, Dante Alighieri, 1312 A.D.
Excerpt, The Muqadimmah, Khaldun, 1377 A.D.
Excerpt, Method for the Easy Comprehension of History, Bodin, 1566 A.D.
Excerpt, The Discourses, Machiavelli, 1581 A.D.
Excerpt, Propositioni, Overo Considerationi, Sansovino, 1583 A.D.
Excerpt, Answer to the Nineteen Propositions, Charles I, 1642 A.D.
Excerpt, The Commonwealth of Oceana, Harrington, 1656 A.D.
Excerpt, The New Science, Vico, 1725 A.D.
Excerpt, The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu, 1748 A.D.
Excerpt, All Men would be Tyrants if they Could, Adams, 1763 A.D.
Excerpt, Common Sense, Paine, 1776 A.D.
Excerpt, Defence of the Constitutions, Adams, 1787 A.D.
Excerpt, Farewell Address, Washington, 1796 A.D.
Excerpt, Democracy in America, De Tocqueville, 1835 A.D.
Excerpt, The History of Rome, Mommsen, 1854 A.D.
Excerpt, The English Constitution, Bagehot, 1867 A.D.
Excerpt, The Gracchi, Marius, and Sulla, Beesly, 1886 A.D.
Excerpt, The Theory of the Leisure Class, Veblen, 1899 A.D.
Excerpt, Roman Political Institutions, Abbott, 1901 A.D.
Excerpt, The Revolutions of Civilisation, Petrie, 1911 A.D.
Excerpt, What Happened in History, Childe, 1942 A.D.
Excerpt, The Future of the West, de Beus, 1953 A.D.
Excerpt, Political Power in the Ancient World, Levi, 1955 A.D.
Excerpt, The Medieval Town, Mundy and Riesenberg, 1958 A.D.
Excerpt, Freedom in the Western World, Muller, 1963 A.D.
Excerpt, The Anatomy of Revolution, Brinton, 1965 A.D.
Excerpt, Roman Legal and Constitutional History, Kunkel, 1966 A.D.
Excerpt, The Lessons of History, Will & Ariel Durant, 1968 A.D.
Excerpt, Violence in Republican Rome, A. W. Lintott, 1968 A.D.
Excerpt, Sansovino and Italian Popular History, Grendler, 1969 A.D.
Excerpt, Historical Recurrence in Western Thought, Trompf, 1979 A.D. Literary Sources:
Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire (1833-1836)
This sequence of paintings, all of which feature the common landmark of a large rock outcropping, illustrates the origin, growth, perfection, and decay of an imaginary imperial city, providing a sort of visual representation of Anacyclosis. The original paintings are owned by the New York Historical Society.
The Course of Empire: The Savage State
The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
The Course of Empire: The Consummation
The Course of Empire: Destruction
The Course of Empire: Desolation