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2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false & bra

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2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false & bra

https://qz.com/1293998/2400-years-a...-leader-filled-with-false-and-braggart-words/

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.

In the Republic, written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a democratic leader—as one of “false and braggart words and opinions” who dismisses moderation, calls “insolence ‘good breeding,’ licence ‘liberty,’ prodigality ‘magnificence,’” and “temperance they call ‘want of manhood’ and banish it with contumely.”
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'Josiah Ober, professor of political science and classics at Stanford University says the passage does read as “a particularly harsh description of the most tyrannical parts of Trump’s public personality.”'
 

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Re: 2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false &

https://qz.com/1293998/2400-years-a...-leader-filled-with-false-and-braggart-words/

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.

In the Republic, written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a democratic leader—as one of “false and braggart words and opinions” who dismisses moderation, calls “insolence ‘good breeding,’ licence ‘liberty,’ prodigality ‘magnificence,’” and “temperance they call ‘want of manhood’ and banish it with contumely.”
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Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Ulysses Grant, Andrew Jackson . . .

Oh, did you think the only answer was "Donald Trump"?
 

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Re: 2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false &

https://qz.com/1293998/2400-years-a...-leader-filled-with-false-and-braggart-words/

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.

In the Republic, written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a democratic leader—as one of “false and braggart words and opinions” who dismisses moderation, calls “insolence ‘good breeding,’ licence ‘liberty,’ prodigality ‘magnificence,’” and “temperance they call ‘want of manhood’ and banish it with contumely.”
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Remind you of any one?

'Josiah Ober, professor of political science and classics at Stanford University says the passage does read as “a particularly harsh description of the most tyrannical parts of Trump’s public personality.”'


Athens thought Socrates was corrupting the youth and put him to death. Hard to find an ideal society.
 
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