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’ comes from!   Plato wrote that ‘one of the penalties … Continue reading Influencing the vote

Parian Marble

The Parian Chronicle is a chronology of events, inscribed on a marble stele, covering more than 12 centuries of Ancient Greek history. Focusing a lot on events linked with the city-state of Athens, this chronicle presents us with a timeline from the year 1582 BC to 299 BC. It’s a unique timeline that, surprisingly enough, few scholars are familiar with. Most people don’t even know … Continue reading Parian Marble

JFK s Solon

John F. Kennedy’s Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961 ‘Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected … Continue reading JFK s Solon

Crazy? -Three reasons why D.Trump will be the next US President

  He’s portrayed as the underdog His opponent should be rollin’. She’s struggling His boisterous public speaking My personal opinion about Donald Trump doesn’t matter. But I can’t help but thinking that many american citizens miss the days when Sara Palin was the scariest republican candidate ever. However improbable this seems right now, if someone examines the political situation in the US, it seems clear … Continue reading Crazy? -Three reasons why D.Trump will be the next US President