James Fallows: Another Lesson From the Roman Empire:

Rome was never a republic as we understand the word today. It was a corporation, where the mass of people had few rights and the nation was a machine to generate profits for the few.

There are numerous parallels to today. Trump is like Sulla, says writer Eric Schnurer.

I see the parallels, but also some differences. Trump is incompetent, disorganized, lazy and cowardly, where Sulla and similar Roman figures, like the Gracchi and of course Julius and Augustus Caesar, were none of those things.

But there are billionaires and generals today watching Trump and learning. These people are ambitious, competent, organized, hard-working and courageous.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner