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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Of monuments to the undeserving

We are so fond of pleasing those in power that we offer to name institutions and landmarks after them. The temporarily-powerful, in turn, in their immodesty, ignorance, and bid for a place in history, readily accept these gifts of sycophancy. If only they were as wise as Cato the Elder, who had this to say: "After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

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