Christopher Morrisey

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Why Donald Trump Should Heed Plato on Foreign Policy

Looking ahead to what will be the most defining feature of the Trump administration, Pat Buchanan has noted that it is “Time for a Trump Doctrine.” With Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the nation has the opportunity to resolve the tension between the...

The Hidden Philosophical Message in 'Gladiator'

In Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, the philosophical emperor Marcus Aurelius makes a wonderful appearance. In this poetic portrayal of the truths of history, Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris) chooses the fictional Maximus as his true...

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

How can the wealthiest people make democracies worse? Plato investigates the question in Book VIII of the Republic. Socrates suggests there that, in pursuit of more and more wealth, oligarchic citizens within the democracy will exploit the...