Sam J.: I have no doubt Alcibiades was a psychopath. Hence the strong hatred towards him. It was Alcibiades that pushed the great idea of attacking Syracuse. The failed Syracuse attack was THE downfall of Athens. The same Alcibiades went from city to city in the ancient world. In Sparta he was more Spartan than the Spartans. Changing his chameleon skin every time he moved somewhere else and betraying everyone he came in contact with. Alcibiades killed Athens with risky schemes to glorify himself. Story...
Alrenous: Some nearly exact metaphysics. Truth is necessary but not sufficient for avoiding hell. I know what a healthy person is like. Knowing things that ‘nobody’ knows is one of my hobbies. Step one – get more sleep. Step two – well, yes. Stuff.
Caleo: Rogan can be a real meathead at times, albeit a meathead with above average intelligence and drive, but he has the good sense to invite all sorts of interesting people on his show and gives them plenty of time to play with ideas. Definitely worth a listen.
Mikeski: “No Child Allowed Ahead” is alive and well!
Bomag: There are many pithy quotes from prominent historical figures suggesting the limitations of democracy: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” — John Adams
Adar: In the movie “Nicholas and Alexandra” Tom Baker played the role of Rasputin. Tom also is known for his role as Dr. Who. Tom probably got the character of Rasputin more or less correct?
Lucklucky: Well, the Admiralty, if it learned anything it quickly forgot it. Just look at the ships in the Falklands war, not was one able to defend itself against a pair (or two pairs) of Argentine A-4 Skyhawks at low level. Just look at the AA guns the British did have, a useless 4.5″ gun, while missiles were unreliable or obsolete. Now compare that to the Soviet, Italian, or even French ship of the 1980s.
Morris: Just with regard to so called man-made global warming it is the Democrats and the liberal establishment that are anti-science. Totally ignored in the “global warming” debate is the fact that for the last 10,000 years or so the earth has been warming, thirteen degrees C. or so. Facts as Al Gore so inconveniently ignores part of a liberal paradigm totally irrational.
Notknowing: Has been said that the American Revolution was in fact a civil war in which many colony-based pro-Brits were exiled to Canada for not supporting the winning side (a winning side much propped up by France and French interests) and the American Civil War was really a revolution because the south wanted to secede and cared not a fig for running Washington and the north. But the ‘identities’ of the two are engraved as facts, so there we go.
Candide III: Pfui. This was described in more detail in books a century old, what does a modern paper add? The British didn’t want to give representation because that would make colonies part of the home country and, America being much bigger and potentially richer than Britain, Parliament itself would move to New England in foreseeable future under any conceivable scheme of non-Potemkin representation. American revolutionaries actually understood this when they demanded representation. There is no...