January 23, 2007


by Portia

I want to thank PG and all the others here for inviting me aboard, it is an honor. I arrive by way of Southern Appeal, where I had the pleasure to write with several conservative legal and political thinkers. You can see my previous posts here. I have chosen to blog anonymously both there and here (and would ask anyone with inklings to respect that) because I do not want my name associated with some of the other author�s views. I will, however, offer a little by way of introduction. I am in the middle of my second year at a leading law school. Outside of reading far too much law, I am a history and philosophy dork. Politically, I tend to fall in the libertarian/federalist camp albeit with some significant differences.

A brief introduction is also merited for my name. It is the female form for the family name of both Catos. The frequent use of Cato in history and politics, as well as the possibility of honoring a lesser known female Cato, made me turn to the nomen gentile. This family was famously dedicated to moderation, liberty, and republican virtue; Cato the Younger lived out Patrick Henry�s famous words by committing suicide rather than submitting to Caesar as emperor. While I share most of their principles, I can only hope for the strength to live up to all of mine as they did their own.

Or ti piaccia gradir la sua venuta libert� va cercando, ch�� s� cara, come sa chi per lei vita rifiuta. (Dante, Purgatorio 01.072-5)

January 23, 2007 8:47 PM | TrackBack

I didn't know that about the Latin derivation of Portia -- I picked it as my AIMname because the Shakespeare connection (Merchant of Venice, not the annoying "Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia").

Posted by: PG at January 24, 2007 3:15 AM

Nice to have you aboard!

(By the way, your link to your writing doesn't work and I'd like to check it out.)

Posted by: Sean Sirrine at January 24, 2007 3:40 PM

Thanks again Sean and PG. I'm going to look at the formatting of the link in the post (it inserts an extra at the end, but in the meantime here is the link as a stand alone:


Posted by: Portia at January 24, 2007 7:38 PM
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