A brief history of slavery

by Bill Federer -- There are more slaves today than at any time in human history, reported Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy more…

The real history of Valentine's Day

by Bill Federer -- In the third century, the Roman Empire was being invaded by Goths. At the same time, the Plague of Cyprian, probably smallpox, broke out, killing at its height more…

The 'disastrous consequences' of forgetting God

by Bill Federer -- In 1570, Ivan the Terrible attacked Novgorod, which had been for centuries a successful Russian Republic on the Baltic Sea. Ivan's first command was to subjugate the church. more…

What does it take to become a despot?

by Bill Federer -- "Society ... must repose on principles that do not change" – wrote Montesquieu in Book 24 of "The Spirit of the Laws." Montesquieu was a French political philosopher more…

His term was small but his warnings were big

by Bill Federer -- "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of ninth president William Henry Harrison, born Feb. 9, 1773. Harrison was an aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, who more…

The sad decline and fall of the Boy Scouts

by Bill Federer -- Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, Feb. 8, 1910. Robert Baden-Powell more…