Freedom Rising

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In 480 B.C., an invading army captured Athens and destroyed the temples on the Acropolis of Athens — the “High City,” a natural, rock fortress in the heart of town. It took more than 40 years before the Athenians rebuilt and rededicated those temples. But it was worth the wait because the new Acropolis was crowned with a landmark in …

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Trust

In Caesar's Ghost, Masters of Command by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

I don’t understand the debt crisis in Washington. I’m not an economist. But I do understand the election of 2012. And I know that whoever wins this week’s debate in D.C. will forge ahead in next year’s races. To put events in perspective I turned to my usual source of wisdom on this matter, Julius Caesar’s ghost. Hail, Caesar! What …

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Let’s Make a Deal — or Not

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The news that negotiations were held again last night at the White House between President Obama, Speaker of the House Boehner, and other congressmen, that the negotiations failed, and that they will resume again on Monday morning – but only after the President holds a news conference – well, that was enough for me. There was, I knew, only one …

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What Would Alexander Do?

In Masters of Command, What Would Alexander Do? by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

The Greek government nowadays is desperately broke. One answer to its troubles is to borrow money, while the other is to declare bankruptcy and start all over. Either possibility is imposing a strain on the world’s financial system, because if Greece falls, it might take the European banks that lent it money along with it. But bad as that would …

Barry StraussWhat Would Alexander Do?