The Oligarchical temper, Theophrastus

The Oligarchical temper, Theophrastus

 

                                             Statue of Theophrastus, Palermo Botanical Garden

John you might enjoy this from this chap.

XXVI. The Oligarch (xxix)

The Oligarchical temper would seem to consist in a love of authority, covetous, not of gain, but of power.

The Oligarch is one who, when the people are deliberating whom they shall associate with the archon as joint directors of the procession, will come forward and express his opinion that these directors ought to have plenary powers; and, if others propose ten, he will say that ‘one is sufficient,’ but that ‘he must be a man.’. Of Homer’s poetry, he has mastered only this line, —
No good comes of a manifold rule; let the ruler be one:
of the rest, he is absolutely ignorant.
Regarding whether The Slog and your erudite and witty observations do any good I suggest that they do. You and I have quite different political pallets and yet you speak for me more often than not. The Kakistocracy is not Left or Right it is Absolute Jackboot in the face, fascist.
From Desiderata.
Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story

 

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rogerglewisMay 24, 2018UncategorizedEdit
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That hits the spot for me, John, I would on Corbyn make the same points I made regarding a discussion with an old Marxist Chum of mine regarding trump and Saunders.
Joseph Cooper
Joseph Cooper
Those people who want war with Russia for their nationalist expansionist plans would not let Trump stand in their way for one second.
Like · Reply · October 19 at 11:06am
Roger Lewis
Roger Lewis
The point isn´t whether Trump would stand in their way it is whether the leadership from that symbolic position of president, would acknowledge a manifesto from the people along the lines of Sanders suggestion or whether it would be crushed or otherwise sidelined. I suspect in Clinton’s case Crushing and sidelining in equal measure. For trump perhaps it would be one or the other, one or the other is likely to be more effective to the cause of the people than a bit of both as in the long run either a push back or an assisting shove in the right direction at least give feedback. The certainty of more of the same seems inescapable to me with Clinton.
Some oddities in the latest “news”:
CPI inflation fell to 2.4 per cent over the year to April, but Sterling fell by over one cent against the US dollar on the news. Why is inflation now good, when from 1966 to 1997 it was bad?
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