Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Socrates in the Age of Trump

Reading the one in the age of the other reminds us of how our personal choices affect society.

ATHENS — When Socrates was condemned to death by a court of his fellow Athenians in 399 B.C., his friends arranged his escape. They had the money to bribe the prison’s guards and understood that the authorities would be quite happy to see the troublesome philosopher flee into exile.All that was needed was that Socrates agree. He refused, arguing that he had lived by the law and would not violate it now.My father told me this story when I was too young to understand. All I remembered — maybe i...