After killing a usurper to the Achaemenid throne in 522 B.C., the Persian conspirators responsible for this act debated what form of government should replace him. It was no surprise at the time that they chose monarchy. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, notes that many Greeks were bewildered that such a discussion even
The most nationalist speech given by an American to an international audience was—and remains—John F. Kennedy's “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech. In it, Kennedy threatened the Soviet Union, an enemy of the United States. The Soviet Union menaced the United States with a massive arsenal of thermonuclear weapons. Mutually assured destruction made the
For Democrats, President Trump’s proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the civil rights issue of our time. No exaggeration. Just read Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who posted a blistering partisan attack on Facebook: The emotional and economic toll of President Trump’s cruel immigration policies was plain to
When Euclid wrote Elements circa 300 B.C. he set down five axioms. A straight line can be made from any two points. A finite straight line can be extended continuously. A circle can be described by a line segment with a fixed point and the opposite point rotated continuously to its original position.
Exodus. It is 1,500 B.C. It is a hot day east of Memphis at the edge of the waters. With the Egyptian army at their backs and the sea in front of them, certain of the Hebrews hesitate. "Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us
The establishment, Right and Left, spent the weekend imagining the Founders had envisioned the linchpin of republican government to be an independent federal celebrity policeman. President Trump spent the weekend acting as President in the manner the Founders hoped. In a speech Saturday at Liberty University, President Trump traversed ground he has covered
According to Ross Douthat, in his April 1, 2017 New York Times article, “Trump Needs a Brain”: Trump himself doesn’t know what he wants to do on major issues and there’s nobody in his innermost circle who seems to have a compelling vision that might guide him. Douthat says in an “ideologically unstable age” Trump
Moderation is a virtue, a human excellence. As Aristotle described it, moderation is a habit of choosing the mean between too much and too little. After President Trump's speech last week to a joint session of Congress, the inanity that Trump "became President tonight" was the new mantra of many in the media.
"The Magnanimity of Scipio Africanus," by Simon de Vos. There has been a great deal of commentary on character in this election. In my opinion much of that commentary confuses the teaching of Emily Post and the teaching of Aristotle. That is, the commentary imputes to manners the moral quality of virtue. It
Earlier this week, Bill Kristol retweeted CNN's Kristen Holmes (@Kristenhcnn) tweet of a clip of angry baseball fans hollering "CNN sucks!" with this charming caption: "Yes they're frustrated by government & elites & social trends. But they're behaving like jackasses--& sometimes a jackass is just a jackass." https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/790724438836834304 Jackasses. That's what Bill