Letter to the Editor, New York Times, March 14, 2012
Russell Shorto's depiction of rugged Spartan entrepreneurship amid the misery of modern-day Greece is an understandable attempt at journalistic balance. Yet there can be no denying the systemic rot that has brought this storied nation to its knees. For all of Angela Merkel's mishandling of the sovereign-debt crisis, the German chancellor is not the chief villain in this Greek tragedy. Decades of public profligacy, societal indolence and fiscal duplicity have made Athens the moribund man of Europe. If they wish to restore a proud nation's dignity, today's Greeks ought to heed the words of one of history's greatest Stoics, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius: "Stop dithering around. In every confrontation, render what is just; from every impression, extract what is true."
Chairman, Italic Institute of America