The Lessons from History: Will and Ariel Durant


Mandatory reading. Will and Ariel Durant are brilliant.  They point out many of the pitfalls inherent in a democracy including the currently debated income inequality.  It helped me to understand Ben Franklin’s answer when asked whether we had a monarchy or a republic,  he replied; “A republic, if you can keep it. ”


“There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining a moral life without the aid of religion.” Will and Ariel Durant

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