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Ovid: I had naught to do with war, guardian was I of peace and doorways

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Greek and Roman writers on war and peace Ovid: Golden Age, before weapons were warm and bloodstained from killing Ovid: Instead of a wolf the timorous ewes dread war ==== OvidFrom The FastiTranslated by James G. Frazer Let others sing of Caesar’s wars; my theme be Caesar’s altars […]

Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty?

Mises Institute, October 23, 2020 Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty? by James Bovard The Supreme Court declared in 1943, “There is no mysticism in the American concept of the State or of the nature or origin of its authority.” In reality, the cardinal doctrines of contemporary democracy are layer upon layer of mystical claptrap. The […]
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Waco Whitewash King Vindicates Prez Debates

American Conservative, October 23, 2020 Waco Whitewash King Vindicates Presidential Debate Commission by James Bovard John Danforth, a key player in the cover-up of misconduct at Waco, has some rich ideas about faith in government and the 2020 election. “Trump’s attack on the debate commission is an attack on the election itself,” blares the headline […]
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Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?

Desperately chasing a single foreign policy accomplishment in the dying days before the election, Donald Trump is frantically pursuing a Middle East peace plan. Not the Israel/Palestine one he promised – in four years in office, that never came close – but the illusory peace plan between countries who were already at peace. How far … Continue reading "Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?"

Trump-Biden Final Debate: My 2 Cents

This was the most substantive presidential debate thus far, much better than the first one or the VP debate. Will Trump’s effort to make the “laptop from hell” into a major news story even for liberal outlets succeed? Seeing Biden defend himself by invoking his reputation for honor wasn’t an ideal retort. Biden seemed fairly […]
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Quintus Curtius: So completely does war invert even the laws of Nature

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Greek and Roman writers on war and peace ==== Quintus CurtiusFrom History of AlexanderTranslated by John C. Rolfe Another nation had opposed 40,000 foot-soldiers on the bank of the rivers; Alexander crossed the Acesines, drove them within their walls, and took their town by assault. Those […]