Category: History

Cutthroat Politics: Machiavelli, A Lust for Power and The Reality of Man

The theories proposed by Niccolo Machiavelli in his work The Prince has given rise to fervent controversy within the philosophical community over the matter of whether Machiavelli was indeed malicious in his strategy to assist rulers in maintaining their iron-fist rule over their respective cities of jurisdiction. This is a flagrant misconception of the true nature of Machiavelli’s work. From the outset, he identifies humanity as being primarily driven under the auspices of self-interest and evil. There is nothing inherently good about humanity according to Machiavellian thought. Under the auspices of realist thought, the only “good” and that could potentially transcend the innate characteristics of self-interest and foolishness that drive societal chaos is political stability via the strength of the ruler and his ability to maintain that stability by learning to adapt to the numerous circumstances that could potentially weaken them.

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The Junior Patriot: Spanish-American War Part One

The Battle of Manila Bay

On April 28, 1898, a message from the Spanish Consul at Hong Kong to Spanish Admiral Patricio Montojo said that the United States Asiatic Squadron was on the way to the Spanish Outpost in the Philippines.  The Spanish-American War had started!

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Illuminating History: Who You Fight For

Colonel Howard Moore had been around long enough to notice the contrast the moment he had stepped off of the transport plane.  Now he sat in his Ford pickup, stalled on the streets of Los Angeles with all the time in the world to think everything over.  Howard, or ‘Hal’ as is men called him, had served in the Army for almost thirty years, and could remember long ago when the long parades of American soldiers returning from the fight against the Nazis had marched through the streets of New York to grand ticker tape parades. But this was nothing like1945.  Not only was there an absence of celebration, but a spirit of anger and resentment reigned over the nation.  He sensed it immediately, and it made him bitter.

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Quaker Patriotism In The Founding Of America

If there is any one religion to whom due credit is not given for the role they played in the founding of our nation, it would most undoubtedly be the sect of the Quaker persuasion.  Though mostly known for their radical abstinence and departure from many common social practices during the 17th and 18th centuries, this denomination still yet contributed to the American political system in ways which could not have been substituted by any other.

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