Curt Jester has an interesting meme going:
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
Let's try it as a game (rather than a meme) in the comments and see what we get when we string them all together. I think it should tell us a lot about who reads Scribal Terror . . .
Don't identify your book -- we'll guess later -- and don't cheat -- it has to be the nearest book, not the best. I'll start -- this was right next to my mouse pad:
Looking to the models of the ancient Greek and Roman republics, exponents of republicanism defined a just society as one in which all citizens willingly subordinated their private, selfish interests to the common good. Both the stability of society and the authority of government thus depended on the virtue of the citizenry -- its capacity for selflessness, self-sufficiency, and courage, and especially its appetite for civic involvement. By its very nature, republicanism was opposed to hierarchical and authoritarian institutions such as aristocracy and monarchy.