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Half a millennium ago, a Genoese navigator with three caravels and Spanish crews groped his way among the islands of the Caribbean. Thus commenced European settlement of the western hemisphere and the coming of Christianity and western civilization...
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On the heels of the Orlando massacre and with the Fourth of July recess in the near future, House Democrats sought to "seize the moment" to bring about strict gun control. Thus, on Wednesday, July 22, 2016, they orchestrated and executed a twenty-five-hour sit-in on their chamber's floor....
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In the fifth century B.C., Athens and her allies were at war with Sparta and her allies in the Peloponnesian War, made famous by the great historian Thucydides. In the first part of the...
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Poland's foremost liberal thinker Adam Michnik, has been known to quote the XIXth century Russian liberal Alexander Hercen’'s attacks against Tsar Nicholas I while accusing President Vladimir Putin of the sort of despotism that Hercen saw in the...
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I wonder about the presuppositions when voices are raised concerning the fragmentation of society and problems of disconnectedness. At the heart of these concerns is a philosophical anthropology, i.e., one’s beliefs about what it means to be human....

It is hard to hear the news about someone like Marilyn Tavenner stepping down and not think about the expectations we put on our leaders. In Tavenner's case, when she became acting head of the Centers for Medicare...
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Recent stories concerning the sorry state of American education have focused on problems with the new "Common Core" public school curriculum and retention of clearly incompetent teachers. As a parent who long ago rejected our public school...
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"We looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!" Oceans of ink have been spilled in an at­tempt to clarify the origins of the Cold War. Scholarly reputations...
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Odysseus has lived through many transformations since Homer commemorated him in the Odyssey. None of them, however, has made Homer obsolete. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have been translated many times. By common consent...
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The most successful leader of the 20th century was Winston Churchill. But for twelve years, from 1928 until Dunkirk in 1940, he was totally on the sidelines, almost discredited—because there was no need for a Churchill. Things were...

Since its conception, few have accused America of meekness. In fact, many of its neighbors have agreed with Oscar Wilde’s assessment: “America is the only nation that went from...
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“I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of democracy, By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms.” —Walt Whitman Ronald Reagan’s vision...
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Theodore Roosevelt It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the...
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“In the long run democracy will be judged,” writes Irving Babbitt in Democracy and Leadership (1924), “no less than other forms of government, by the quality of its leaders, a quality that...