Martin King shot to death: R. Kennedy’s dramatic address

April 4th 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr was shot and killed. New York’s senator Robert Kennedy, wanted to deliver the devastating news to the people of Indianapolis. In his improvised speech, he informed the gathered crowd of the assassination, adding: ‘… But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have toContinue reading “Martin King shot to death: R. Kennedy’s dramatic address”

Ostracism & Aristides

The most honorable man of Athens according to Herodotus: Aristides. His sense of morality, justice, and prudence, made him famous all over the Greek world.  He was reputed to be so fair-minded, that he was known to everyone as Aristides ‘the Just’ (dikaios). He was so scrupulously honest that, in spite of the wealth thatContinue reading “Ostracism & Aristides”

Influencing the vote

Our democracies today are representative. We elect politicians, politicians govern us. In Ancient Athens, you were ruling yourself. Participation was seen as a fundamental element of Democracy. Athenians that behaved as ‘private citizens’ were seen through a negative eye and actually the Greek word for private citizen is “idiotes”, which is where the word ‘idiot’Continue reading “Influencing the vote”