Shall we kill the Mytilenaeans? — Imperialism and the lure of genocide

[image: modern Mytilenè, the capital of Lesbos in the north Aegean, Wikipedia; this is essay #308 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

For the past couple of years I’ve been fascinated with the relationship between philosophy and politics, and particularly by the complex intercourse between one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Socrates, and one of the greatest scoundrels of all time, his student and friend, Alcibiades. I’m just about to complete a book on the topic, to be published by Basic…