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 byContinue reading “JFK s Solon”

Diogenes: Politically incorrect

An anecdote that involves the cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope¬†(404-323 B.C.): ” When some strangers (visiting Athens) expressed a wish to see Demosthenes, he (Diogenes the cynic) stretched out his middle finger and said, “There goes the demagogue of Athens.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Book VI. Chapter 2. [34]¬† So, there you go…Continue reading “Diogenes: Politically incorrect”