Aristotle – Politics Book 6 Ch. 1 We need to discuss mods of organization & advantages to each form of government. We also need to consider the possible combinations. Some make democracies more oligarchical & some make oligarchies more democratic. The combinations will be in deliberation, election of officers &Continue Reading

Aristotle – Politics, Book 5 Ch. 1 Let’s look at the causes of revolution, their nature, what they devolve into & how to preserve – that may change based on the form of government. Democracy arises from the idea that those who are equal are equal in everything. Those whoContinue Reading

Aristotle – Politics, Book 3 Ch. 1 All arts & sciences that encompass an entire subject don’t come into being in fragments. These arts & sciences consider the entirety of the field. g. In gymnastics, they think not only about different types of training for different bodies but what theContinue Reading

Aristotle – Politics, Book 3 Ch. 1 What is a state? Some say that a state does something but others say that it’s the tyrant or an oligarchy doing it. The legislator or statesman is entirely concerned with the state. The state is a composite of the citizens who composeContinue Reading

Pigeons show what they think of the law “The Law” by Frédéric Bastiat (1850) The law has been perverted Not just derailed in its cause but applied to pursue the opposite We have been given a gift from God Life – physical, intellectual & moral He gave us faculties toContinue Reading

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931): A Passion for Justice (1989) After the Civil War – 4 million freed slaves The right to marry, raise children, own property, be protected by law 2 years later, Black me got the right to vote Ida Wells was born in 1862 in Mississippi Father wasContinue Reading

“Ethics Book 6” by Aristotle (349 BC) Ch. 1 It’s right to choose the mean & avoid excess & deficiency With all virtues, there’s a mark to aim for & this requires conformity with the right principle [It’s nothing new to say that] We know the truth of that statementContinue Reading

The Theban Plays by Sophocles – Part 3 – “Antigone” The Theban Plays by Sophocles – Part 3 – “Antigone” [At the Royal Palace] Antigone – Ismene, what’s the latest in father’s curse? I haven’t really had much trouble. But there’s been an edict issued. Ismene – Nothing since ourContinue Reading

The Theban Plays by Sophocles – Part 2 – “Oedipus at Colonus” [At Colonus ~ 1 mile NW of Athens in a grove sacred to the Furies. Enter Oedipus and daughter, Antigone] Oedipus – Where are we? Can you see if there’s somewhere to rest? Maybe someone can tell usContinue Reading

Oedipus the King – Sophocles [At the Royal Palace with Priest, Oedipus and suppliants with suppliant branches] Oedipus – What’s with all the branches, incense and sickness? Fill me in, Priest Priest – There’s a plague. The people are sick. The plants and animals are all dying. Please, do somethingContinue Reading

The Oresteia by Aeschylus – Part 3 – “The Eumenides” [At Delphi in front of Apollo’s Temple] Prophetess – This temple has had so many seers and gods to help us see. I’ll see all the people in turn [Goes in and then quickly rushes out]. OH SHIT!!! What didContinue Reading

The Oresteia by Aeschylus – Part 2 – “Choephoroe (Libation Bearers)” Choephoroe (The Libation Bearers) by Aeschylus [At Agamemnon’s Tomb] [Orestes and Pylades enter] Orestes – Hermes, send my father a message [Snips a lock of his own hair]. Take this for Argos [Snips another lock]. This is for myContinue Reading

The Oresteia by Aeschylus – Part 1 – “Agamemnon”   Watchman – I’ve been watching for a beacon for the last 12 months. Some sign of goings-on in the war. Victory or defeat or the arrival of Agamemnon. I see a signal of victory over Troy. Agamemnon will be happyContinue Reading