Thucydides is one of the most difficult Greek authors. As I’ve noted elsewhere The Histories of Herodotus are much more fun (both in Greek and English translation). Reading Thucydides is like reading a textbook written by a very pedantic professor. I found it very slow going when I only had to translate a few pages back 40 years ago as a student. The Peloponnesian War is recounted battle by battle, march by march and season by season. Only intermittently is there some nugget of historical interest. But the ones you find are sometimes priceless. Hanson is a Classics Professor and actually can read Thucydides in the original Greek so at least he knows what the text is trying to say. Back in high school (or I guess college nowadays) you were given passages from Thucydides such as the Funeral Oration of Pericles or the Melian Dialog. Well the reason we still read Thucydides is because people keep doing the same stupid things war after war. Whether the US and China are fated to battle for supremacy like Sparta and Athens or Rome and Carthage is an important question. If studying the Peloponnesian War teaches us what has failed in the past maybe we can spare the world another bloody catastrophe. That some of the Trump White House is reading it isn’t bad news. Anyway, an interesting read.
This is an easy recommendation. American Greatness has become an essential place for me to check for a good political read. I have a feeling my Morning Schmoe and Lycra series will be hearing about Kid Rock pretty soon. I know, I’m shameless. But Scarborough actually singing is pure comedy gold. I’m bound to have Lycra become the new Yoko Ono. Seriously though it wouldn’t hurt Trump to go on tour with Kid Rock as his opener. We could use something more entertaining than Russiagate to listen to. It’s becoming a bore.
Just a quick recommendation and a link on an article on the website American Greatness. Roger Kimball wrote a piece called “The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd.” I think it’s pretty great. I’ll start out by saying that I laughed when I saw the picture at the top of the story was the peasants with pitchforks scene from the original Frankenstein movie. That was priceless. He analyzes what the media is doing and why. I won’t paraphrase or belabor it. I’ll just highly recommend it.
Back when George W was still president I discovered Real Clear Politics (RCP) as a site that included at least a few of the not so-left-leaning news sources and polls during elections. It became one of the easiest links to finding conservative information and opinion. I guess, it still is. At least I still visit it for news. But, my God, what a mess. Listen to these headlines:
The Landmines that Could Kill Trump’s Tax Cuts
WH Struggles to Get Out from Under Russia Controversy
Are the Brits Bonkers to Brexit?
Walking Away from the ACA Not an Option for GOP
Nunes Was Supposed to Probe Collusion, Not Commit It
How Do Men Like Trump Win? Let My Fictional Panel Explain
And even from supposedly friendly sources, the best we get is:
Mistakes, He’s Made A Few Too Many
I mean, honestly, WTF. And if you keep score of the articles written specifically by the staff of RCP you’ll quickly see that they’re no better than the Washington Post or the New York Times. Now, of course, the Post and the Times (and the rest of the Old Guard) are obviously performing the same services for the Democrats as they did back when W was in office. The calculation is that a constant drum beat of gloom, doom and slander will eventually damage President Trump enough to stop his agenda and turn the nation against him. With W it worked. Once the war turned sour he was slowly ground down by the press. Of course, Trump isn’t W. He attacks the press instinctively, successfully and with relish. And his agenda will be for the most part popular with every day Americans. So, I’m willing to let him do his thing for at least a few weeks at a time without panicking at the sight of unfriendly headlines. After all, it’s currently the democrats who seem to be whistling past the graveyard with these headlines. Next week the Senate may already have Gorsuch seated on the Supreme Court. And even the knuckleheads in Congress seem to be trying to get their act together. I’m of the opinion that all the headlines about poll numbers plunging and panicking republicans are pure spin. So, what’s this post about? I’m just complaining. I’m pretty sick and tired of not having a reliable go-to site with the content I want. But with a little fishing around I can generally see news and opinion that I want. Here’s where I go:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ Yeah, I still go there first (groan).
http://drudgereport.com/ Well, of course, you’ve gotta (and it can be hilarious).
https://amgreatness.com/ This where Publius Decius Mus used to write. I like a lot of the opinion pieces they write. And they don’t have any obvious NeverTrumpers on staff.
And there are other more radical sites but I’ll leave them for another day.
So that is currently where I gather my information. RCP and Drudge are news aggregators so effectively this allows me to cherry pick the best of what’s out there. But that means there is a lot of dross there too. American Greatness only gives opinion. Between these sites I get most of what I want. And of course for all of the rest of the world there is the most important opinion site of all Orion’s Cold Fire (OCF)! I mean, come on, of course it is! But modesty forbids me to elaborate on the obvious. So enjoy April Fool’s Day (naturally, it’s snowing here today) but don’t be fooled by the foolish headlines. All’s right in this best of all possible worlds. I guess?