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The Classical Wisdom of the Founding Fathers

Written by Alex Barrientos, Senior Editor, Classical Wisdom The United States of America will turn 244 years old tomorrow. From a historical perspective, the U.S. is quite a young nation. We’ve come a long way, and have much still to learn. To those of you not already aware, it may come as no surprise to

Antigone: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Senior Editor, Classical Wisdom In Sophocles’ Antigone there are several different struggles taking place concerning different aspects of social, ethical, and political thought. The role of the citizen, the role of the leader, the right to rule, piety, disobedience, and other issues are discussed throughout the play. Indebted as we are

The Fragility of Democracy: Athens and the Thirty Tyrants

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Athens is traditionally seen as the birthplace of democracy. However, as we know, democracies are vulnerable to anti-democratic forces, such as populism and authoritarian movements. This was also the case with Athens. For some eight months (404-403 BC) the city was controlled by a pro-Spartan oligarchy known

What Should the Post-Corona World Look Like?

I think it started with hand sanitizer. All of the sudden, the arbitrary rule of xx ozs of liquids on planes was dropped. Can’t limit that virus killing gel in such a cramped environment, after all. And with that quick policy change, so flippantly acknowledged, the ‘theater of security’ had its curtain pulled up, revealing

Democracy’s Fatal Flaw: Us

Written by William Giovinazzo, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom When I was a kid, I was taught by the good sisters of Saint Joseph that democracy is a wonderful thing, something ordained by God. In the United States in the early 1960s, it was seen as God’s gift to man, the bulwark against godless communism. Kennedy

Man: The Political Animal

Written by David Hooker, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Tragic Road to Tyranny  Imagine your leader is a brilliant and bold military genius who, through multiple conquests, has expanded the borders of your country by orders of magnitude.  He does it because he and some of your leaders have ambitions of empire, need of new