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November 3, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. The October Quarterly Discussion merged two chapters from The Prince by Machiavelli with a chapter from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Of prime interest was the focus on the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. Machiavelli presents him as a champion of …

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January 28, 2022 Thanks to Rebecca L. Thacker, a 2021 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. As we enter the new year, as per usual the media is filled with “year-in-review” articles and listicles: the year’s best books, tv, movies, and music, the top ten highlights of 2021, those we’ve lost in 2021. The …

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July 30, 2021 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In the History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides spends a few pages describing a conflict between the island of Melos and the Athenian superpower. After the unsuccessful attempt at diplomacy, the Athenians surround the island. The story ends with the Athenians annihilating the …

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January 22, 2021 Thanks to Turkay Gasimova, a 2020 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. In his book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell challenges traditional knowledge of the history of the Middle East, energy sources, and environmental politics. Mitchell who had previously written a remarkable book on the colonization …

BOOK REVIEW: Carbon Democracy by Timothy Mitchell Read More »

November 6, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. The Social Contract has been on my mind a lot lately. Of course, elections and coronavirus and all of the current stresses on society have been on my mind, and they often circle me back into what it means to exist in a …

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October 23, 2020 Thanks to Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. The thoughts and writings of many modern political thinkers have rallied around the mechanistic and humanistic view of the field of public administration. Diverse approaches have been applied to the theoretical and practical views of modern administration. Considering the …

Philosophies of Modern Political Thinkers in the Field of Public Administration Read More »

October 9, 2020 Thanks to Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. Ancient philosophies and concepts in humanities, especially regarding ethical values and moral principles, have served as a primitive herald and landmark on which many ethics in the field are built upon. Justice, fairness, integrity, honesty, individual freedom and liberty, …

Juxtapositions of Ethics and Morality by Ancient Philosophers and Their Implications for the Humanities Field Read More »

July 24, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton defends the idea that the United States must have a strong federal government. In Federalist #6, he reminds readers that: “A man must be far gone in Utopian speculations who can seriously doubt that, if these States …

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July 3, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. The authors of the Federalist Papers often cite Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. I, too, am amazed in Plutarch’s broad, holistic analysis of ancient peoples and places. When I first read Plutarch’s works, their current applicability surprised me. I am no longer surprised by this. …

Federalist Papers for the Fourth Read More »

November 8, 2019 Thanks to Ned Boulberhane, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. At the 2018 Left Forum at John Jay College in New York City, the economist Michael Hudson made a bold claim. He proposed that when Adam Smith wrote of free markets in the his literary classic, The …

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