Category Archives: law and politics

PLATO AND POLITICS

Plato was the first major thinker to develop a human typology.  Before Friedrich Schiller or Carl Jung, he divided humanity into types.  In his Republic, the great Greek philosopher analyzed the relative suitability of different types for political leadership. These … Continue reading

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DEAN’S LIST

My property professor, Sam Fetters, used to say that the politics of academia are so vicious because the stakes are so small. A week or so ago, I went up to see a longtime friend at his camp in the … Continue reading

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THE WAR AGAINST ISIS

The philosopher Hegel said that the only thing we learn from history is that governments never learn anything from history. Since Franklin Roosevelt met with Ibn Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, the U.S. has actively tried to shape the … Continue reading

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I HAVE NO ANSWERS

I have no answers. Anti-Trump sentiment has reached hysteria.  Calls are being made for suspension of Trump’s campaign, for abandonment of this candidate by Republicans.  The Republican party is now in chaos. Trump has contributed considerably to this situation.  Yet … Continue reading

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THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

I was planning to speak today on the importance of voting.  With rights come responsibilities.  The responsibility to vote is especially important when the choices offered are unpleasant. But then the Orlando shooting occurred, and I’ve had to rethink this … Continue reading

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HARAMBE’S DEATH: WHO’S TO BLAME?

It’s clear that the gorilla was the most innocent party in the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo. It’s hard to second guess the Zoo’s liability in its decision to shoot the gorilla.  It takes a Monday morning quarterback to say … Continue reading

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MISBEHAVING MILITARY

The recent news is filled with the misbehavior of several U.S. military leaders.  Apparently their sexual assaults have occurred at an epidemic frequency. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York introduced legislation to change the way allegations of sexual assault are … Continue reading

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