The Prospect of President Pence

I think that political progressives need to be prepared for the prospect of a Pence presidency. In my observation, Donald Trump does not appear to have the physical or mental fitness to handle the job of President, and this will become increasingly obvious over the first few months of his presidency. Why do I believe [...]

The Greater Evil

In my last blog post, I advised my readers to vote for the lesser evil. A majority of my fellow Americans didn’t see it my way and now we find ourselves under the rule of the greater evil. What will this mean for our lives? Economically, we are already seeing profound effects of our choice. [...]

Why Vote for the Lesser of Evils?

I did volunteer work for San Francisco Suicide Prevention for a number of years. I found that the biggest commonality troubled people have is the inability to put things into proportion. People with severe emotional problems tend to lose their sense of what is important and what is not. To use an admittedly tired cliché, [...]

Donald Trump and His Taxes

The most telling moment of last night’s presidential debate came when Hillary Clinton suggested that, for years, Donald Trump has paid no taxes on his billions of dollars in income. He did not deny it, in fact he said “That makes me smart!” Every American should be outraged by this. You pay taxes. I pay [...]

Guest Post by Wanetta Doty

Hearing the police officer in the helicopter through his limited social filter say about Mr. Crutcher: “…he looks like one real, bad dude,” struck a chord in me. I can’t sit back and watch these atrocities occur over and over again and remain silent. It’s UN-AMERICAN. It’s not just because my only child is a [...]

Epicurus, History’s First Atheist.

Epicurus, History’s First Known Atheist. Epicurus, an Athenian philosopher who lived from 341 to 270 BCE, was not really an atheist as we understand the term today. He was raised in a polytheistic culture and he acknowledged the existence of gods, but he believed that these gods did not interact with humans or interfere in [...]

The Athenian Empire-A Guest Post. By Van Bryan in Classical Wisdom Weekly

I found this account of the history of the Athenian empire very interesting and asked permission from the author to share it with readers. “You might remember two weeks ago we had something of a chat about a rather interesting bit of history. How is it that an alliance of cities with the unobjectionable goal [...]

“Don’t Know Much About History”-Art Garfunkle

This was a line in a popular song in the late 1960s. Art Garfunkle was not alone. The fact is, huge numbers of Americans really don’t know much about history. When I was writing The Death of Carthage, people would ask me what the book was about and I would say “The Second and Third [...]

A Conspiracy?

I recently received a request from a friend on Face Book, I’ll call him Jesse, to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s. While I have doubts about much of what is claimed in this video, it raises some important points that should be addressed. I wrote the following letter to Jesse, which I would like to share [...]

Save Social Security

The stated purpose of this blog is to promote knowledge of ancient history and understanding of how events of the distant past have shaped the world we live in today. I have used this site to review books, mostly historical fiction, but have occasionally reviewed a book with modern political significance. The weblog being a [...]