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Lawrence Reed on The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels

AUGUST 15, 2013 by THE FREEMAN

In July, Lawrence Reed spoke at FreedomFest about the parallels between the fall of Rome and the modern United States. You can watch it here:

You can read Lawrence Reed's essay "Are We Rome?" here.

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