The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary


Restricting Self-Defense

Ancient Romans, more than any other Indo-European people, attempted to restrict the natural duty of self-defense and the natural desire for revenge, but even there the primitive traditions of self-help yielded only gradually to a centralized legal apparatus. 


Another Year of Reading

A number of friends, real and virtual, on Facebook have listed the books they most enjoyed or profited from reading this past year.  I was surprised how many were books about books, that is, tertiary rehashings of movements or developments for which there are superior first-hand sources.