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Re: iDocile

Aaron actually got it right.  While Latin docilis was used in a special sense  by St. Thomas, the word has always been used far more broadly to mean trainable or teachable.  Ovid even applies it to hair.  In English we are most likely to think of animals, like horses, subject to control by their masters, and I cannot think of a more appropriate term for the generation of humanoids being raised--not reared--by mass education and mass culture.  While slavery might imply the possibility that someone was forcibly enslaved against his will, docility implies the acquiescence of a domesticated beast.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

Aaron D. Wolf

Aaron D. Wolf

Aaron D. Wolf (1973-2019) was Chronicles' executive editor.  His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. He was a frequent guest on Issues, Etc. (Lutheran Public Radio) and The Paul Youngblood Show (nta.fm), and has appeared on several other radio programs, including The Tom Clark Show (Wisconsin Public Radio) and Extension 720 With Milt Rosenberg (WGN).

Christopher Check

Christopher Check is President of Catholic Answers. He worked at The Rockford Institute for 19 years.

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