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It is about the similarities between ancient greek philosophies of governing and the present day US way of governing and approaches to certain issues also the literature that was read was The funeral speech of Pericles The Crimes of Democracy When you examine The Funeral Speech of Pericles and the manner in which the Athenian democracy is discussed it is impossible not to imagine the many possible similarities between ancient Athens and present-day United States Both governments claimed freedom for all yet women could not vote and both held slaves for many years How many American presidents have had slaves To think that the Declaration of Independence and the ideals that it represents are adhered to today in the daily meetings of Washington would be foolish The ideals set forth in The Declaration were not even recognized when it was written And to think that any society with extraordinary influence technology or positioning will not take advantage of their situation to increase whatever they feel is needed is also very foolish Political leaders and persons in power have a habit of not practicing what they preach So with any highly organized government or society there will always be secrets scandals untruths deceptions and injustice Why Just look at history Vietnam the Iran-Contra scandal Nixon Chandra Levy Whitewater South Africa the assassinations of JFK Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and this is only 40 years of US history and I left out a lot The bottom line is that in ancient Athens as well as in the US today and many other governments the name of the game was to extend the influence and reach of their power The magnitude of our city draws the produce of the world into our harbor so that to the Athenian the fruits of other countries are as familiar a luxury as those of his own Pericles funeral oration p10 They wanted a taste and a
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