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Making Athens Great Again | The Atlantic |

What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to backslide into intolerance and irrationality--with the complicity of many of its own citizens? How should that society's stunned and disoriented members respond? Do they engage in kind, resist, withdraw, even depart? It's a dilemma as old as democracy itself.

Twenty-four centuries ago, Athens was upended by the outcome of a vote that is worth revisiting today. A war-weary citizenry, raised on democratic exceptionalism but disillusioned by its leaders, wanted to feel great again--a recipe for unease and raw vindictiveness, then as now. The populace had no strongman to turn to, ready with promises that the polis would soon be winning, winning like never before. But hanging around the agora, volubly engaging residents of every rank, was someone to turn on: Socrates, whose provocative questioning of the city-state's sense of moral superiority no longer seemed as entertaining as it had in more secure times. Athenians were in no mood to have their views shaken up. They had lost patience with the lively, discomfiting debates sparked by the old man. In 399 b.c., accused of impiety and corrupting the young, Socrates stood trial before a jury of his peers--one of the great pillars of Athenian democracy.

The people's tyrant: what Plato can teach us about Donald Trump
What can Plato teach us about Donald Trump? - BBC Newsnight


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 11:53:16 PM EST
What bullshit is that from The Atlantic? No mention of the dictatorship of the Thirty or the antidémocratique teachings of Socrates?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 09:46:36 AM EST
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Breaking News story ... 2,500 years after the fact!

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."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 08:52:28 PM EST
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no other trial except that of Jesus has so captured the imagination of Western man.

He wrote that before OJ Simpson...

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 09:00:52 PM EST
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The Truth is Out There
search for Socrates' shroud and remains continues ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 09:19:46 PM EST
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