‘Et tu, Brute?’

Julius Caesar was killed on the famous Ides of March, the fifteenth of that month, 44 B.C. The murder took place in the Senate, then meeting in the Theater of Pompey. Caesar had acquired dictatorial powers. Technically, the office of “dictator” was a legal one. It was...

Complicating the Nixon Story

The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961 by Irwin F. Gellman. Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 791 pages, $40. The historical demonization of Richard Nixon usually proceeds from his supposedly red-baiting campaigns for the House and...

Who Governs the World?

Chi governa il mondo? by Sabino Cassese. Bologna: il Mulino, 2013. Paperback, 138 pages, $21.57. English edition: The Global Polity: Global Dimensions of Democracy and the Rule of Law. Sevilla: Global Law Press/Editorial Derecho Global, 2012. Etext, free. “‘Who gave...

A Terrible Beauty

Displacement by Derek Turner. Endeavour Press, 2015. E-book, 1054 Kb, $3. The huge majority of novelists who set themselves up as radicals are really anything but. It’s been observed that, with authors like Nabokov, the last literary taboos were broken, and all...

Resisting Delusions

Chance or Reality and Other Essays by Stanley L. Jaki. University Press of America, 1986. 258 pp., $14.50 paper. The dominant pathological feature of our times often seems an adulation of growth. That bigger is better and that the self is to be fulfilled are...

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