Greek Columns Uncovered

achilles-freedom-teamI’ve begun writing columns at Libertarianism.org. I’m starting with a series on the ancient Greeks and their legacy for libertarianism; the first one, on Homer’s treatment of Achilles and militarism, is up now.

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5 Responses to Greek Columns Uncovered

  1. dL July 30, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    I have to side with Constant and Bastiat.The ancient Greeks had a communitarian view of the state. The liberal conception would indeed be “the peaceful enjoyment and private independence.” But the libertarian method–at least the one derived from the French liberals–would be to demonstrate how a morality tied to a glorification of the military underlies “the State is the organization of plunder” critique.

    • Roderick August 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

      I think it’s some of each.

  2. djr August 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Kudos (if not kleos aphthiton, alas) for pointing out that Achilles does not in fact choose a short life of glory for its own sake. I am repeatedly dumbfounded at how often even professional classicists claim that he does.

  3. Hendri September 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Signs isn’t bad, better than Narnia. But I get the cihrst-o-creeps watching Narnia, not signs. *The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe* is plotted around the biblical canon while Signs merely involves a pastor although Signs does star Mel Gibson, which is enough to creep anyone out.No matter what, I’m glad Obama is president so that we don’t have to hear you’ll never see a black president crap anymore. Although he is just as white as he is black.

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