Big or small, all empires fall

Neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire (Voltaire, 1756)                                                                                                                                        Empires give legitimacy to the actions of the autocrat; silence dissent; encourage, and indeed create, internecine warfare and turn visions and visionaries into grotesque caricatures of their former selves.   Voltaire’s quote vis the Holy Roman Empire is as  apposite today as it was in…