Zero Hedge has printed a guest article illustrating how Aristotle’s political advice to tyrants perfectly sums up the approach of the Obama administration, the NSA, and a bunch of other policy priorities. It’s eerie to see how a work well over two thousand years old can still so accurately describe our modern condition. Here’s a brief excerpt.
Aristotle attacks tyrants mercilessly in his book, and clearly spells out the criteria which make a leader tyrannical. You may recognize a few of them:
- Aristotle suggests that a tyrant rises to power by first demonstrating that he is a man of the people.
- But once in power, a tyrant uses all available means to hold on to power, including spying on his people.
- Furthermore, Aristotle tells us that a tyrant thrives by creating division and conflict– “to sow quarrels among the citizens; friends should be embroiled with friends, the people with the notables [the rich]. . .”
- Controlling the economy and stealing the citizens’ wealth is also another mark of a tyrant.
- And as Aristotle points out, a tyrant also attempts to disarm the people such that “his subjects shall be incapable of action” because “they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny, if they are powerless.”
- Naturally, a tyrant “is also fond of making war in order that his subjects may have something to do and be always in want of a leader.”
There’s more at the link. Tyranny indeed!