Author Archives: Fred Zilian

America the Unexceptional

(This essay was originally published as “American Exceptionalism seems to be in retreat,” by the Newport Daily News on June 10, 2017.) With his recent statement of intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: A Time to Honor and Remember

Healthy civilizations remember and honor those who have died serving them. These memorial occasions are also opportune times to reflect on the civilization’s creed—its fundamental values and beliefs. Almost 2450 years ago, Pericles, the great statesman of ancient Athens, did … Continue reading

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Trumperica: Going the Way of Norse Greenland?

(This essay was originally published as “Is America Going the Way of Norse Greenland?” April 30, 2017, on the History News Network [online] http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165689) Civilizations which make bad decisions about the environment they occupy, cannot sustain themselves over the long … Continue reading

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The US Enters World War I

(This essay was originally published as “April 6, 1917: The US Goes ‘Over There’”, in the Newport Daily News on April 6, 2017.) One hundred years ago today, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the war almost three … Continue reading

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West Point at 215, Graduates Defend and Serve the Nation

(This essay was originally published as “West Point Going Strong at 215,” in the Newport Daily News on March 16, 2017.”) As the U.S. Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 215th anniversary, the ever-uncertain international security environment and the … Continue reading

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Trump: White American Cincinnatus

(This essay was originally published as “Is Trump the 21st Century Cincinnatus?” by the History News Network [online] on February 26, 2017) In dire times the ancient Romans would appoint a dictator, giving him unchecked power to lead the Roman … Continue reading

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Civility: An Essential of Civilization

(This essay was originally published as “Civilization is Dependent upon Civility,” February 11, 2017, in the Newport Daily News.) The growing incivility in American civilization has finally hit home for me. For the first time, someone posted a comment with … Continue reading

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