The Ruination of a Nation

I’ve been reading a book entitled The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, written by Mike Duncan, who I first discovered via his podcast entitled The History of Rome.

At the end the chapter I have just concluded reading that tells the story of Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, there is a remarkable quote from the Roman historian Sallust:

It is this spirit which has commonly ruined great nations, when one party desires to triumph over another by any and every means and to avenge itself on the vanquished with excessive cruelty.

I can’t but help think of the current state of public political discourse in the Commonwealth of Australia.