Seymour Schulich

The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and
money began to play an important part in determining
elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to
the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the
Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors

— Plutarch (Historian of the Roman Republic)

How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

— Ernest Hemingway
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