Pax Romana II
An article well worth the read. History provides us valuable lessons; "this time it's [not] different."
Let me add: Economics and liberty are bound together. When anyone (government) can reach into our pocket and take our money, we become slaves, and then it is only a matter of time before we lose all rights. With surveillance as it is today, it will be very difficult (if even possible) to revert to individual liberty AND responsibility.