Posts Tagged ‘Rome’

“Thus, far and wide, they migrate either to the Goths or to the Bagaudae, or to other barbarians everywhere in power; yet they do not repent of having migrated. They prefer to live as freemen under an outward form of captivity, than as captives under the appearance of liberty. Therefore, the name of Roman citizens, at one time not only greatly valued, but dearly bought, is now repudiated and fled from, and it is almost considered not only base, but even deserving of abhorrence.”

~Salvian, 400 AD, describing the exodus of Romans fleeing oppressive taxes and immoral law by expatriating and renouncing their citizenship. Bold mine.

I should have bolded the last sentence as well, as it is just as powerful.

Props to The Dollar Vigilante and Chris Sullivan for the excellent article where they unearthed this gem.