Sailing in Homer’s wine-dark Aegean Sea, and traipsing all over the Acropolis and the marvels of antiquity, is the best antidote I know to the brouhaha over “The Squad.” It makes these four publicity-seeking, opportunistic mental dwarfs seem even pettier than they are. Mind you, these petulant females wouldn’t know the difference between Corinthian and Doric any more than they’d know Athenian democracy from Spartan oligarchy.
As my boat sailed away from Athens and headed south towards the Peloponnese, I thought of the achievements of the ancient Greeks, and how the democratic system they left us is now held hostage by the tiniest of minorities in cahoots with the leftist mainstream media.
Pericles, the charismatic leader most commonly associated with Athenian democracy, cast a giant shadow on the future. No one has approached his level of influence: He was an aristocrat, politician, democrat, soldier, imperialist, peacemaker, visionary, educator, private citizen, statesman, strategist, and hero. Yet, with his premature death from the plague during the 27-year Peloponnesian War, the miracle that he had created 2,500 years ago went the way of all empires. Pericles’s democracy was a model for its time: Nowhere in the ancient world was there such individual freedom, even though women, slaves, and foreigners were excluded from citizenship and participation in the democratic process.
To those modern critics who...