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Guardian - Ganesh Sitaraman - How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece
At the same time, they sought to destroy monuments that were symbols of democratic success. Instead of public works projects, dedicated in the name of the people, they relied on what we can think of as philanthropy to sustain their power. Oligarchs would fund the creation of a new building or the beautification of a public space. The result: the people would appreciate elite spending on those projects and the upper class would get their names memorialized for all time. After all, who could be against oligarchs who show such generosity?

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Plus ça change, etc...

by Bernard on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 04:07:13 PM EST
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