It was our own moral failure and not any accident of chance, that while preserving the appearance of the Republic we lost its reality.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)
Strange, isn’t it, that this was written over two thousand years ago? No matter how much things change, it’s amazing how people stay the same. I can think of more than one specific area where this is quite applicable today.