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In defense of Caligula

At the blog where Kevin Drum used to post his moderate declarations, Hilzoy claims that the Department of the Interior scandal represents “Caligula-like corruption and debauchery.” I’m pretty sure that, in reality, if Caligula had been part of the festivities at the Minerals Management Service, he would’ve been bored beyond belief. Where are the massive orgies? Where’s the child molestation? Where’s the wanton murder? Caligula makes these bureaucrats look like nothing more than a bunch of 80s Wall Street wannabes.


September 11, 2008 - Posted by | politics, Roman Empire


  1. The idea that they are aspiring is disturbing enough. I suppose everyone needs a goal.

    Comment by anitaph | September 11, 2008

  2. This has really been Caligula’s week. Earlier, someone — a conservative columnist, I think — compared Sarah Palin to Caligula’s horse, the senator.

    Comment by oudemia | September 11, 2008

  3. That’s a fair comparison. Comparing her to one of Caligula’s horses that WASN’T A senator would be cruel.

    Comment by Cryptic Ned | October 12, 2008

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