Tag Archives: Poltical Science

1996: How Buffalo Vote

Dutch ecologist H. H. T. Prins describes how he first came to realize that buffalo vote to determine which direction the herd should move to find grazing land: Let me first describe what takes place when a buffalo herd in … Continue reading

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1875: An Absolute Democracy

The notion has always very generally prevailed that the queen of the bees is an absolute ruler, and issues her royal orders to willing subjects. Hence Napoleon the First sprinkled the symbolic bees over the imperial mantle that bore the … Continue reading

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100 BC: Permixtio Terrae Oriri Coepit

Ceterum mos partium et factionum ac deinde omnium malarum artium paucis ante annis Romae ortus est otio atque abundantia earum rerum, quae prima mortales ducunt. Nam ante Carthaginem deletam populus et senatus Romanus placide modesteque inter se rem publicam tractabant, … Continue reading

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1642: An Undignified Pursuit

In 1642, the Italian diplomat Cardinal Jules Mazarin succeded Cardinal Richelieu as the Chief Minister to the King of France. Following the Thirty Years’ War, he played a major role in developing the notion of Westphalian sovereignty, the principle of … Continue reading

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1747: The Government of Ants

From William Gould’s An Account of English Ants (1747): In whatever Apartment a Queen Ant condescends to be present, she commands Obedience and Respect and universal Gladness spreads itself through the whole Cell, which is expressed by particular Acts of … Continue reading

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