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The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls, and myriad other African, Asian, and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas corpus, and saw being Roman as preferable to identifying with their own particular tribe. By the fifth century, diversity had won out but would soon prove a fatal liability. Comment?
Economic segregation, like racial segregation, is a condition that certainly exists in the South but that is much more pronounced in our large, Democrat-dominated northeastern metros and in West Coast cities such as San Francisco, where the spotlessly progressive municipal authorities have for a generation used restrictive zoning laws to drive out the sort of people who aren't on a first-name basis with any venture capitalists. From the pitiless Romans we received the term "to decimate," meaning to eliminate every tenth man in a military unit, usually as a punishment for mutiny or desertion. Comment?
But among the Washington elite, the scenario is apparently quite different. The two parties, in supposedly serendipitous fashion, just happen to touch down at the same time on the Phoenix corporate tarmac, with their private planes pulling up nose to nose. Comment?
It was not nearly as calm some 1,900 years ago. In A.D. 122, the exasperated Roman emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of an 80-mile, 20-foot-high wall to protect Roman civilization in Britain from the Scottish tribes to the north. Comment?
These stories weren't true. The professor wasn't suspended for wearing a headscarf but for publicly declaring that Christians and Muslims " worship the same God ." Comment?
The defendant, Bilgin A iftA i, was fired from his job at the public health service after he circulated images comparing Erdogan and Gollum . It's unclear whether he meant to suggest anything other than a physical resemblance; Gollum is described in The Hobbit as "a small, slimy creature." Comment?
Leftists seeking to blame the pro-life movement for last Friday's Planned Parenthood shooting cast the gunman's actions as the natural and inevitable consequence of the belief that abortion is murder. If abortion really represents the killing of a child, they ask, shouldn't you be willing to take up arms to end the slaughter? And if you're not willing to take up arms, doesn't that mean you don't believe your own rhetoric? In other words, you're violent, or you're insincere. Comment?
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