If You Offend the People, You Lose Your Authority

The office of tribune in the ancient Roman Republic had been instituted to function as an inviolable guardian of the people. The person of the tribune was considered sacrosanct; he could not be removed from office or hindered in any way, he could veto any act of the Senate with binding force, and if any

Having the Name Without the Reality

We often hear in this Modern age of realpolitik that politics and morality are separate domains, neither having much of anything to to with the other. On the contrary, here is the great 4th century Christian bishop St. Augustine citing Marcus Tullius Cicero on the destruction of the Roman Republic due to the decline of traditional