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Platos Republic

Howard's Daily: The Cave of Federal Bureaucracy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Like the prisoners in Socrates's cave, federal officials accept existing law as a state of nature. They do whatever the flickering complexities tell them to do, whether or not they are sensible.

The Trouble with Oligarchy: Plato's Surprising Perspective

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

There is little doubt that the Republicans--and especially their leader--have become the party of oligarchy. Why more Americans do not seem to notice this fact seems to indicate their disengagement from politics and a misunderstanding about exactly what they are voting for.

Reading Plato With Columbia Students

Megan Doherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Megan Doherty

I faced my first Core Curriculum class at Columbia last week armed with the names of my 20 students and a heavily annotated copy of Plato's Republic.

Danger! Empathy and Psychopathy as Competing Value Systems in Politics and Economics

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marcella Mroczkowski

Four to five percent of the population is born without a capacity for empathy. It is a neurological lack. A psychopath may be a genius and become a multimillionaire, but he will never be able to understand empathetic values.