Why won’t anyone have an adult conversation with me about what war is about? It’s their war. They asked us to fight it, and we did it as well as we could. Why are they pretending it’s our war? We were just there.
“I’ve never seen such fear and anger in the country before. On the other hand, the opportunities are greater than before. There’s much more freedom.” —Noam Chomsky
May 3, 1469: Niccolò Machiavelli is Born
On this day in 1469, Italian writer, philosopher, and politician, Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy. At the age of 29, Machiavelli served as a defense secretary for Florence.
In 1513, Machiavelli released his work, The Prince, where he described the important characteristics of a leader. Machiavelli suggests to rulers that in order to reign effectively, they may have to use their power unethically. In this work, he coined the phrase “the end justifies the means.”
Due to his tyrannical beliefs and practices, people use the word “Machiavellian” to refer to someone who is very cunning and unscrupulous.
Learn more about Machiavelli with Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance.
Image: Portrait of Machiavelli by Santi di Tito
Transformers 4 has bagged itself a primary antagonist, with Kelsey Grammer signing on to play the villain of the piece in Michael Bay’s forthcoming sequel…
May 2, 1963: The Birmingham Campaign’s Children’s Crusade Begins
On this day in 1963, the Children’s Crusade began as hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms to peacefully protest segregation laws in Birmingham, Alabama. They were met by police officers who were ready to escort them to jail, and later by high pressure fire hoses and police dogs.
It would become a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and usher a new era of freedom and equality in the United States.
Revisit this moment in civil rights history with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Birmingham Campaign collection.
Photo: African American children are attacked by dogs and water cannons during a protest against segregation organized by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth in May 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images).
Michael Bloomberg goes all Kanye on stop-and-frisk critics. You know, because people who complain about systemic racial profiling are the real racists.
We’re a little bit in love with this list from Vulture.
Getting ready for the Correspondents’ Dinner.
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