Rise of tyranny- Plato

Chilling reference to Plato’s Republic and our fear of Trump.


From: http://www.openculture.com/2017/02/did-platos-republic-predict-the-rise-of-donald-trump.html

Under such presumably decadent conditions, “a would-be tyrant would seize his moment”:He is usually of the elite but is in tune with the time. Given over to random pleasures and whims. Feasting on food, and especially sex.

He makes his move by taking over a particularly obedient mob, and attacking his wealthy peers as corrupt. He is a traitor to his class, and soon his elite enemies find a way to appease him or are forced to flee.

Eventually he stands alone, offering the addled, distracted, self-indulgent citizens a kind of relief from democracy’s endless choices and insecurities.

He rides a backlash to success. Too much freedom seems to change into nothing but too much slavery. He offers himself as the personified answer to all problems. To replace the elites, and rule alone on behalf of the masses. And as the people thrill to him as a kind of solution, a democracy willingly, impetuously, repeals itself.( Open Culture) 



“The Republic by Plato.” Project Gutenberg. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.

“Did Plato predict” Open Culture. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.


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