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Quod genus hoc hominum? Quaeve hunc tam barbara morem permittit patria? Hospitio prohibemur harenae; bella cient primaque vetant consistere terra. Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma, at sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi.
What species of human beings are these? What nation is so sunken into barbarity as to permit this conduct? They deny us the hospitality of the shore; they make war upon us to prevent us from reaching the land’s edge. You who despise humanity and the rules of arms, remember: the Gods keep count of your transgressions.
–Publius Vergilius Maro, Aeneid bk i, 539-43 (19 BCE)(S.H. transl.)
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Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
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Ratio of the amount J. P. Morgan paid a man to fight in his place in the Civil War to what he spent on cigars in 1863:
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”