Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Jan 2017 ]

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The Blues Brothers view on all this mess. (source)

HISTORY

How Republics End

I couldn’t help noticing the contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell. Here’s what I learned: Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.

HISTORY

Sandra Schwab

When you grow up in Germany and go through the school system in Germany, you will cover the Third Reich several times. In Germany, you don't have the luxury of telling yourself (and your children), "It can't happen in our country."
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