What’s Our Context?


In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, (1776), British historian Edward Gibbon began his tale with Trajan, emperor from 98 to 117 BCE, when Rome was at its geographic zenith. He traced Rome’s... Continue

Poetic License


We understand that luminaries of the Great Recession recently gathered for a discreet poetry slam at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. This invitation-only event was intended to serve as an... Continue

The Coyotes Among Us


According to Colorado naturalist Ashley DeLaup, once you feed a wild animal—say, a coyote—you do not earn its loyalty, friendship or deep appreciation. Rather, the wild animal comes to see you... Continue

Paying Across the Rubicon


In ancient Rome, new emperors who wanted to survive their first few months wearing the imperial purple very quickly paid Legionnaires a “donative” of gold to earn the troops’ good favor, and... Continue

A Better State


In 1762, political philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau published The Social Contract, a concise statement on the relationship between the citizen and the state. Rousseau established his opening... Continue

Freedom’s House


Last night, a nine year old commented that it must be hard having to vote, checking off all those boxes on a ballot. The remark followed his inquiry into why we were watching TV and why President... Continue