I found another passage in Taylor Caldwell’s, A Man of Iron, which reminded me of Emmanuel. In Emmanuel’s book, On the Way to the Light, he talks about how the spirit realm had first thought of Rome as being the beginning of a world government. He mentions the Roman rule of Law, the role of the family and their dedication to the Gods. Then he speaks of the quest for power and the venality of Rome as men desired more and more.
In the book there is a couple of paragraphs where Cicero’s father, Tullus, tells him;
“Man must have a frame of reference,” said Tullus, “Once Rome had a firm frame of reference compounded of God, country, and just law. So she became strong and mighty, upheld by faith, patriotism and justice.”
“The nation which drives out God drives out its soul, and without a soul a nation cannot survive, We have a Republic, but the Republic is declining. The evil heads of plotting men are already outlined against the sunset of our life, and their swords are visible. What is it that Aristotle said: “Republics decline into democracies, and democracies degenerate into despotisms.’ We have approached that day.” [ p.80]
Tullus, Cicero’s father, explains the progression of Rome from an honorable state into one who seeks domination and is full of corrupt politicians who are out only for themselves. Roman rule of law became too constraining for men who sought power, therefore their constitution was slowly degraded to allow more leeway to bribe the populace and open the doors for personal gain.
A Sound familiar? An efficient government expanded to give favors, so the people would show gratitude to the politicians, who in turn would siphon off whatever gain they could get their hands on. The only difference between Rome then and the United States (and most of the world’s governments) now is that we must raise taxes to continue to exploit the people, while Rome could send its armies to enslave whole races to feed the coffers, or drain conquered territories of their assets.