Posted by Tod Lindberg on 21st May 2007
The Weekly Standard
Three weeks ago, when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Bush administration’s firing of several U.S. attorneys and did so to bad reviews even from conservatives, most of official Washington figured he was a goner. When President Bush stepped out at the end of the day to say a good word for his embattled AG, the general reaction was that Bush had demonstrated yet again how out of touch he is.
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Posted by Tod Lindberg on 9th May 2007
Telos 138, Spring 2007
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In the concluding section of the Minos (318c ff), Socrates praises the oldest law, that given to Crete by Minos, who in Socrates’s characterization obtained this law as a result of his status as confidant of Zeus, Minos’s father (319d–e).The law that is unchanging, permanent, is therefore the best law, and arguably the only law that truly reflects the “lawness” of law, other possible senses of law being incomplete, as the dialogue shows. There is, moreover, something divine about the character of the best law—though this divinity would seem to have little to do with its tenuous relationship to Zeus through Minos. Rather, it is a reflection of its permanence as such: the best law is eternal and therefore divine (not divine and therefore eternal).
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