King Canute, Smart Fellow, Thursday, from “You Could Just Feel the Air Leave the Room“:

Meanwhile, in Italy, eight leaders who have never heard of King Canute.

Wall Street Journal editorial, Friday, “King Canute at the G-8“:

In the legend of Canute, the king, after failing to stop the rising tide, told the assembled crowd: “Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.” If a medieval monarch could draw the right conclusion, how hard can it be for his sophisticated 21st-century successors?

Investor’s Business Daily, Friday, “The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact“:

Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential.

Next week: Cassandra meets Sisyphus.

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