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Tyranny; Today and Yesterday

            In today’s context the word tyranny has a very negative connotation.  We automatically think of mediaeval or generally pre-modern warlords and harsh rulers of whom are infamously remembered.  However the original definition and understanding of who a tyrant was does not parallel with the modern context of the definition.  Previously a tyrant was anyoneContinue reading “Tyranny; Today and Yesterday”

Tyranny & Totalitarianism (Democracy and Empire): Is Hitler considered a Tyrant?

The ancient use of tyranny differs greatly from the modern use of tyranny. The pre-modern definition of a tyrant is someone who came to power in a non-hereditary way and has absolute power. In modern times, the definition of tyrant has dramatically changed to a cruel or oppressive ruler. Someone who was good at first,Continue reading “Tyranny & Totalitarianism (Democracy and Empire): Is Hitler considered a Tyrant?”

Complexities of Tyranny

In our daily lives, we are constantly hearing about the horrors and atrocities of non-democratic government, such as tyrannies. We compare the freedoms that we take for granted to the unfortunate realities of people elsewhere and are taught to despise these ideals. Tyrannical governments possess authoritarian values where power is placed in the hands ofContinue reading “Complexities of Tyranny”

Democracy and Empire

Democracy and Empire On November 2, 1900 the United States took a monumental step that would alter its role, reputation, and identity within world affairs when Dr. Jacob Schurman urged the government not to withdraw from the Philippine Islands saying, “the performance of our national duty will prove the greatest blessing to the peoples ofContinue reading “Democracy and Empire”