At “How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?”, a Zócalo/Getty Villa “Open Art” event at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Eric Robinson, an Indiana University historian of ancient Greece and Rome, describes just how familiar Greek demagogues Pericles and Cleon can seem compared to today’s politicians.
Demagogues Are the Problem Children of Democracies
The Allure of Fearmongering and Empty Promises Has Seduced Citizens Since Ancient Greece
You wouldn’t know it by watching cable TV news, but the debate about demagogues—and their dangers—did not begin with Donald Trump.
Demagogues have been a problem for democracy for 25 centuries, …
Almost Any Politician in a Democracy Is a Bit of a Demagogue
A Classicist, a Historian, and a Rhetorician Talk Trump, Clinton, and Cleon
There’s plenty of nastiness in our democracy. But is there anything new?
For all the fear and consternation about the lies, insults, conspiracy theories, and rhetorical excesses of the 2016 presidential …
It’s Greek to Me
In the Green Room with USC President C.L. Max Nikias
C.L. Max Nikias is president of the University of Southern California, where he also holds faculty appointments in classics and engineering. Before participating in a panel on whether universities can …
What the Oracles of Ancient Greece Can Tell Us About American Democracy
Tragic Heroes Warned of the Perils of Extremism
Times are hard for democracy. Trump wants a wall. Senators refuse to question judicial nominees. And anti-Hillary liberals seriously contend that she is “as bad as” the opposing party’s presumptive …