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The Idol of Our Age - an excerpt

"Like a Paul Revere of the spirit, Daniel Mahoney sounds an alarm that should be heeded by all who are concerned about maintaining the indispensable cultural conditions for common life in a decent polity." - Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University

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On being wise as serpents

The opening line of a children's poem by Mary Howitt in 1828 is a caution for growing up in a duplicitous world: "'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly."

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Evil, be thou my good

Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote and was so loathed that he had to take a night train secretly into Washington for his inauguration.

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