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Power to the people, right on

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

“The people is an animal which can see and hear, but never thinks.  It is in a state of surprising lethargy or of surprising fury and goes constantly backwards and forwards from one state to the other, never knowing where it came from.” –  Montesquieu, “Letter 111,” Persian Letters (trans. Betts) Share this… Facebook Pinterest […]

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How come these people to feel so entitled?

May 20th, 2012 · No Comments

“When history is missing, it is replaced by fables; it is like a poor country where virtually worthless coins have to be included in the currency.” – Montesquieu, “Appendix 15,” Persian Letters (trans. Betts) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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The highest law

May 19th, 2012 · No Comments

“Where religion is concerned, the more trivial the issue, the more violent the dispute becomes.” – Montesquieu, “Appendix 13,” Persian Letters (trans. Betts) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Ground down and cast away

May 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Piety, a sign of strength in some characters, is in others a sign of weakness.  It is never without significance: for if on the one hand it is attractive in those who are virtuous, it completes the degradation of those who are not.” – Montesquieu, “Appendix 10,” Persian Letters (trans. Betts) Share this… Facebook Pinterest […]

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The Congress is in session

May 13th, 2012 · No Comments

“Most legislators have been men of limited abilities who have become leaders by chance, and have taken scarcely anything into account except their own whims and prejudices.  They seem not even to have been aware of the grandeur and dignity of their task: they have passed the time making puerile regulations, which, it is true, […]

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You may rather be in Philadelphia

May 5th, 2012 · 6 Comments

“I have read descriptions of Paradise which would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there: according to some, the spirits of the blessed spend all their time playing the flute; others sentence them to walk about for ever; others again claim that while up there they dream about their mistresses down here, considering […]

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No, he’s not talking about Facebook

April 20th, 2012 · 5 Comments

“Everywhere I see people who talk continually about themselves.  Their conversation is a mirror which always shows their own conceited faces.  They will talk to you about the tiniest events in their lives, which they expect to be magnified in your eyes by the interest that they themselves take in them.” – Montesquieu, “Letter 50,” […]

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Busy little bees we be

April 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“Those who enjoy learning are never idle.” – Montesquieu, “Letter 48,” Persian Letters (trans. Betts) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Hindbrain to the forefront

April 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Nothing is more depressing than consolations based on the necessity of evil, the uselessness of remedies, the inevitability of fate, the order of Providence, or the misery of the human condition.  It is ridiculous to try to alleviate misfortune by observing that we are born to be miserable.  It is much better to prevent the […]

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