Plato’s Republic – Book IV: Sheeple

Continued from way back here. It might come as a surprise for us today to think that great political leaders don’t just pop out of thin air. In a time like ours when politics has reached a zenith of perfection, we might assume that excellent political leadership is easy – since our political leaders are […]

Plato’s Republic – Book III: Lies

Continued from about a month ago. Because I’m focusing more on the main images within the Republic rather than the arguments, I’ll spare you the tortuous road whereby Socrates arrives at this conclusion: “Then, it’s appropriate for the rulers, if for anyone at all, to lie for the benefit of the city in cases involving […]

Plato’s Republic – Book I: Garbage People

I figured since I teach the Republic every year I’ll write something about it. I’m convinced that the book is about the role of media (“poetry”) as much as it’s about politics and ethics, and about images much more than Forms, so what I’ll do is write one post for each of the ten Books […]

You are my penance

Here’s a Bible study on Lent to bore you as the season begins: In which I interpret Matthew 6 in light of Republic VIII. If you hear me being mean I’m sorry insofar as that will stop you from saying something to me. Also not all opinions are my own. Sometimes I just say things […]