The Financial Times has released the list of its 10 most read stories in 2007 according to its website. NRO has the list here:
1. Learn from the fall of Rome, US warned
2. Chinese military hacked into Pentagon
3. Iran on course for nuclear bomb, EU told
4. Google’s goal: to organise your daily life
5. Pelosi backtracks on Armenia ‘genocide’ bill
6. Industry caught in carbon ’smokescreen’
7. Vista marks end of an era for Microsoft
8. Memo to Obama: win Iowa or lose the race
9. Gates warns on US immigration curbs
10. Globalisation backlash in rich nations
Fascinating that the story about GAO Comptroller General David Walker’s demographic and fiscal admonitions ranked first. We’re generally sceptical of stories comparing the United States to Rome — it’s a good subject for a best-selling book, sure, but one that lends itself to glib and facile analyses. Or really forced ones, depending on the author.
Besides, everyone knows it was overtaxation that caused Rome’s fall.
UPDATE (8:10 p.m.): And bloggers are emulating Caeser.
UPDATE (3:10 p.m. Friday): Welcome, holiday readers from Instapundit, and thank you, Professor Reynolds. In case you’re interested, the phrase “fall of Rome” has indeed appeared in rock ‘n roll lyrics — Elvis Costello, of course, back when his preachifying was more metaphorical.
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