lol.

19 Feb

borrowed from mentalfloss.com:

“In order to stop rising inflation and devaluation of the currency in third century Rome, Emperor Diocletian instituted fixed prices on most consumer goods. Anyone selling goods at prices higher than those of the emperor was put to death; this led to hoarding of goods. A law was then passed that forbade the hoarding of goods. Penalty? Death. So people just closed their businesses, then another law was passed. You guessed it: shut down your business or fail to follow in your father’s business? Death. It’s amazing the Roman Empire lasted as long as it did.”

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One Response to “lol.”

  1. educlaytion April 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    I just wrote about this very thing today on my blog. All the well off folks just shut down and quit doing anything for society.

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