Monthly Archives: July 2015

God Makes Rulers Mad

“For God the Almighty has made our rulers mad; they actually think they can do–and order their subjects to do–whatever they please. ¬†And the subjects made the mistake of believing that they, in turn, are bound to obey their rulers … Continue reading

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Petrarch on Copying Books

“Your Cicero has been in my possession four years and more. ¬†There is a good reason, though, for so long a delay; namely, the scarcity of copyists who understand such work. It is a state of affairs that has resulted … Continue reading

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The Power to Tax is the Power to Control

“This power, exercised without limitation, will introduce itself into every corner of the city, and country.—It will wait upon the ladies at their toilett [sic], and will not leave them in any of their domestic concerns; it will accompany them … Continue reading

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