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What are 'Checks and Balances' in Government?

The modern understanding of checks and balances is that of government divided into separate and distinct branches. Each branch is endowed with certain safeguards to prevent against concentration and abuse of power. The concept of checks and...

8 Quotes for Election Season from Saul Bellow

1) “For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it.”   2) “A good American makes propaganda for whatever existence has...

8 Thought-Provoking Quotes from the Author of ‘The Little Prince’

1. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”   2. “The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.”   3. “Life has...

Harper Lee on ‘Equality’

The news of Harper Lee’s death at age 89 will undoubtedly rekindle interest and fond reflection in her famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Ms. Lee received widespread acclaim for tackling difficult civil rights issues at a time when race...

9 Quotes that Might Make Trump and Sanders Reconsider Their Presidential Bids

Given the fervency with which today’s Democrat and Republican presidential candidates are campaigning for the White House, one might reasonably believe that the highest office in the land is quite a prize. But before Trump, Sanders, Cruz, or Clinton...

6 Thoughts from Famous Americans on Love and Marriage

Getting tired of the sappy, sweet nothings which permeate our culture in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day? If so, check out the following statements made by famous historical Americans. They’re guaranteed to shock and provoke thought on the...

10 Great Quotes from 'War and Peace' (the book)

1) “The only thing that we know is that we know nothing — and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.”   2) “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the ...

These 12 Simone Weil Quotes Are Genius!!!

The French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) only lived to the age of 34. But in spite of her brief life she created a body of work that has garnered some impressive compliments. Albert Camus described her as “the only great spirit of our time.” T...

10 Quotes from the Highly Influential Karl Popper

1) “True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.”   2) “The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell.”   3) “Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this...

7 Surprising Quotes from Margaret Sanger

Today’s society openly advocates respect for those of various races, classes, and physical capabilities. Such was not always the case, however, particularly in the years before World War II when eugenics was popular. One fan of eugenics practices...

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