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EPISODE 43 The Melian Dialogue (The Peloponnesian War and Morality in History)
“The strong do what they want, and the weak suffer what they must.” — Athenian embassy to Melos via Thucydides “As far as right and wrong are concerned, our people think there is no difference between the two—that those who still preserve their independence do so because they are strong, and that if we fail to attack them it is because we are afraid.” — Athenian embassy to Melos via Thucydides “This is no fair fight, with honor on one side and shame on the other. It is rather a question of saving your lives and not resisting those who are far too strong for you.” — Athenian embassy to Melos via Thucydides “Don’t quote laws to men who carry swords.” — Pompey the Great “The present policy of the Government is but a continuation of the same progressive change by a milder process. The tribes which occupied the countries now constituting the Eastern States were annihilated or have melted away to make room for the whites.” — Andrew Jackson “And do you know what “the world” is to me? Shall I show it to you in my mirror? This world: a monster of energy, without beginning, without end… This world is the will to power—and nothing besides!” — Friedrich Nietzsche In the midst of The Peloponnesian War (431-401 BCE), the Athenians paid a visit to the inhabitants of the island of Melos and tried to make them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The dialogue that emerged from their negotiations is a classic in political philosophy, and raises fascinating questions about the nature of morality in history. In this episode, Darryl Cooper (from “The Martyrmade Podcast”) and I tackle them all, and leave no stones unturned. This episode is sponsored by article.com. If you are in the market for beautifully designed furniture, you can get a discount at https://www.article.com/history This episode is sponsored by the investing app robinhood.com. Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at https://referral.robinhood.com/onfire/ This episode of History on Fire is brought to you by ForHims.com—a one-stop shop for hair loss, skincare, and sexual wellness for men. Try hims for a month today for just $5 while supplies last. See website for full details. Go to https://www.forhims.com/history5 This episode is sponsored by www.blueapron.com/onfire For less than $ 10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers straight to your door seasonal recipes along with pre-portioned ingredients to make delicious, home-cooked meals. Get $ 30 off your first order—with free shipping—by going to www.blueapron.com/onfire This episode is sponsored by Audible. Right now for a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $ 6.95 a month. That’s more than half off the regular price. Go to www.audible.com/HOF or text HOF to 500 500 to get started.Please, also show some love to my regular sponsors by shopping for supplements, special foods, clothing, and exercise equipment at http://www.onnit.com/history and receive a 10% discount. And if you are in the market for backpacks, computer bags and other hemp gear, check out my favorites at http://www.dsgear.com And thank you also to https://www.snowroast.com/ for their delicious coffee. Use the code TAO18 for a 15 % discount. A huge thank you to https://www.dynastyforge.com/ for sharing with me their amazing swords. If you train in Jiujitsu (or any other sport for that matter), check out the knee braces at https://nevertapgear.com/ and check out the TOMOE GOZEN RASH GUARD! https://nevertapgear.com/new-products/tomeo f you’d like to explore the history of gladiators while in Italy, join me on this tour in 2020! http://geeknationtours.com/tours_post/signature-battlefield-series-arenas-of-blood-spartacus-and-the-gladiators-of-ancient-rome-2020/ PATREON NEWS: I have just started a Patreon account!!!! If you feel in a generous mood, please, check it out at www.patreon.com/historyonfire And Donations in crypto-currencies can be made to: Btc: 1Fdzfr1aPMFdwBY5GXe71nLo11HSMxEfRwEth: 0x0deedc896c8e23c3a9daf39e4a9fadada656e924 Ltc: LMW7m54iovT1GK6yZxYXUVPT52pXD9CmjN Zec: t1NgHHkaEqFM9XzdAZf5u16MRmmz6ruHyTDSlt: 0x0deedc896c8e23c3a9daf39e4a9fadada656e924 My lady (and author of History on Fire logo, plus producer and editor of History on Fire) has a FB public page about her art & fighting: https://www.facebook.com/NahryEm/. Thank you to Onnit, Datsusara, Float Clinic, Shaman’s Simple Solutions, War Fuel, Proven Nutrition, and Fight Chix for sponsoring her for her first MMA fight. If you’d like to check out Fight Chix merchandise, you can get a 20% discount by going to http://www.fightchix.com/ and entering the code Fire20 upon checkout.This is my public FB page: https://www.facebook.com/danielebolelli1/ Here is a link to the audiobook of my “Not Afraid”: http://www.danielebolelli.com/downloads/not-afraid-audiobook/ For those of you who may be interested, here is a lecture series I created about Taoist philosophy: http://www.danielebolelli.com/downloads/taoist-lectures/
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