Alain de Botton Tweets Short Course in Political Philosophy

Alain de Botton has mastered the art of popularizing great philosophy. His books, lectures, televised programs and the London-based School of Life – they all help de Botton get great ideas "out there." And now he turns to Twitter. On Friday, @AlaindeBotton tweeted a short course in political philosophy in seven parts. The course, with each lesson presented in 140 characters or less, begins like this:

1: Plato: We should be ruled not by leaders chosen by a majority, but by those who are most intelligent.

2. St Augustine: We should not try to build paradise on earth. Aim for tolerable government, true government only possible in the next life.

3. Machiavelli: Politician must choose between serving the interests of country and the interests of Christian morality. Can’t have both.

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Writing the U.S. Constitution (in Tweets)

223 years ago today, the Constitutional Convention started meeting secretly in Philadelphia. Several months later, the meetings ended with the signing of the US Constitution. Starting today, the National Constitution Center will use Twitter to reenact the events of the Convention. You can follow @SecretDelegate, a mysterious insider, who will show you what happened inside the private proceedings. The “Twitter Convention” will conclude on September 17, when the Constitution was signed, and only then will the true identity of @SecretDelegate be revealed. You can be among the first to follow these tweets.

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Culture Tweets of the Week – March 13

Guaranteed to make you smarter, or your money back. You can follow us on Twitter here. (Or become a Facebook fan.) Here they go:

Tweets of the Week – February 20

A quick wrap up of the cultural items we tweeted and re-tweeted this week via our Twitter stream. You can start following us here: @openculture

Tweets of the Week (2/13)

Why let good tweets (and re-tweets) go to waste? Each week, we're going to list some of the cultural goodies that appeared in our Twitter stream. You can start following Open Culture on Twitter here.

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