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I.F. Stone breaks the Socrates story | NY Times - April, 1979 |

    Because Plato turned the trial of his master, Socrates, into a trial of Athens and of democracy. He used it to demonstrate that the common people were too ignorant, benighted and tickle to entrust with political power. In Plato's "Apology," the contrast drawn between the nobility of Socrates and the grim verdict of his juror‐judges indicted democracy in the eyes of posterity. And thanks to his genius, no other trial except that of Jesus has so captured the imagination of Western man. Plato made Socrates the secular martyred saint of the struggle against democracy. He stigmatized it as "mobocracy."
by Oui on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 08:52:28 PM EST
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