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Eminent Victorians: Three prime ministers

(By Bill Moloney; San Francisco) Without endorsing Thomas Carlyle's dictum that "All History is the Story of Great Men", it is nonetheless possible to assert that Biography is a superb tool for organizing broader themes in

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Across the centuries: How republics sicken and die

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" -George Santayana (By Bill Moloney; Hilton Head, SC)  As the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia drew to a close in the summer of 1787, the

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When ‘dangerous men’ become president

"The worst kinds of people have chosen that dangerous             Mad man Jackson as President"             -John Quincy Adams (1829) (By Bill Moloney, '76 Blog Contributor) As

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Maritime musings: A civilization in transit

We look on past ages with condescension, as a mere preparation for us ... but what if we're only an afterglow of them. - J.G. Farrell, The Siege of  Krishnapur (By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) William

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Summer reading: A brilliant biography

(By Bill Moloney, '76 Contributor) (Nantucket) In perusing the shelves of this island's renowned Atheneum I followed my usual habit of seeking high quality books about people or events of great consequence concerning which I am woefully

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Book Review – “That Day by the Creek”

(By Charles J. Patricoff, ’76 Contributor) In his work of accurate historical fiction, Author John Buzzard takes his readers up to, through, and beyond the events, which shaped the single most demonstration of government evil

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Let us now praise political polarization

(By Bill Moloney, '76 Contributor) In U.S. political discourse today there are few more popular attitudes then the endless lamentations over "political polarization".  The Cassandras insist that divisiveness is damaging, attack ads are despicable, and

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A Jurist For All Seasons

[By Publius, '76 Blog contributor] “We are a nation of laws, not men.” – John Adams, 1770 Antonin Scalia has died, and with him, a major rampart of constitutional jurisprudence has been lost. The longest

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