Posts tagged "enlightenment"

Taking Tocqueville and Darwin for a Ride

By Nathan Schradle If something like a “Global Civil Society” ever becomes a reality (I’m picturing a giant face made of thousands of tiny robots, like in the Matrix Revolutions… only hopefully slightly less hell-bent on the destruction of the human species), it may want to give a huge shout-out to the year 1831....

Qu’est qui ce passe en France?

Ashley Baxstrom: What's up with France?  President Nicolas Sarkozy of France joined President Barack Obama here in New York last week to celebrate the 125th anniversary of France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US. The statue was originally dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886 in recognition of the French-American friendship established...

147th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Conversion

Oh dear. It comes around every year. The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, given four months after the Battle of Gettysburg by President Abraham Lincoln; proof that the Republican, influenced for much of his life by Enlightenment ideas, finally, while standing on the death-place of 50,000 soldiers, gave it over to "orthodox...