The Peter Pan Election

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I summoned up the ghost of Julius Caesar to talk about the last night of the Republican convention. Hail, Professor! Hail, Caesar! What did you think of the final night of the Republican convention? I think that Clint Eastwood should stick to the movies. No, I mean, what did you think of Governor Romney’s speech?  

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Some Roads Lead to Rome

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Kathleen Parker’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post, “All Roads Lead to Rome,” woke up Caesar’s Ghost. “Hail, Professor!” “Hail, Dictator!” Kathleen Parker complains like Cicero, about the times and the mores. Today’s politicians, she says, are constrained “to say as little of substance as possible and to say it often.” The citizenry has become a distracted mob, unable to focus …

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Let the Games Begin

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I summoned Caesar’s Ghost to enliven the dog days of August. “Hail, Professor!” he said, as he rose from the Underworld.  “Hail, Caesar!” One set of games closed this weekend in London and another opened in Washington. Don’t you think so, Dictator? No. Other games of even greater moment took place in Cairo. Egyptian President Morsi fired his generals. This …

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The First Man in an Investment Bank

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  My first night in Paris, I heard a knock on the door. It was the man who conquered France, Caesar’s Ghost. “Hail, dictator,” I said. “Hail, Professor.” “Is it really you? Or is it the ghost of the wild mushrooms in tonight‘s souffle?” “Caesar has indeed arrived.” “What brings you here?” “Caesar wishes to testify on behalf of his …

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Diamond in the Rough

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On Tuesday, Bob Diamond, the Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, one of the world’s biggest banks, was forced out of his job. He held that position for only 18 months, but he had been at Barclays for 16 years. During those years, Diamond led a revolution. He turned a staid old institution into an investment banking giant, increasing its revenues …

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Caesar on Leadership

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Today is publication day for Masters of Command. I’m asking each of the book’s three masters for the lessons of his leadership. Yesterday I interviewed the ghost of Hannibal and Sunday I spoke to the shade of Alexander the Great. Today I speak to Caesar’s Ghost. Hail, Caesar. What makes you a greater leader than Alexander or Hannibal? “Hail, Professor. …

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Render Unto Tebow

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I found the former Dictator-in-Perpetuity of Rome glued to a computer screen. Watching You Tube. “Hail, Caesar. Are you watching a report of today’s arguments at the Supreme Court?” I figured that a politician like Caesar would find the Obamacare case riveting. “No. I’m watching a tape of Tim Tebow’s first press conference as a New York Jet.”

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Twelve Maxims from Caesar for the US Election Year

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I asked Caesar’s Ghost to comment on the Republican primaries but he declined. “The race is run,” he said, pronouncing Romney the candidate. When I asked him to explain, he said his legate would be in touch. No sooner did he speak than an e-mail arrived with the following words of wisdom from the dictator.  CAESARIS DICTATORIS SENTENTIAE XII “It’s …

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Retreat

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As the year 2011 nears its end, I called on Caesar’s Ghost to look back – and look ahead. I asked the dictator his main impression of the year. As a general, I could not help but hear the profound blast of the trumpet sounding the retreat. The Americans have pulled back in the Middle East. Once there were 170,000 …

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