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…

The 'merciful' origins of Germany's Holocaust

by Bill Federer -- Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) stated: "Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment of a socialist state." The National Socialist Workers' Party leader, Adolph Hitler, became chancellor of Germany more…

Who remembers what this day signifies?

by Bill Federer -- On the frigid night of Feb. 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00 a.m., a more…