Sunday, February 24, 2008

Enlightened Despots

Wasn't that the type of ruler preferred by the Greek philosophers way back when? I haven't been reading any Plato or Aristotle for quite some time, but that's what I seem to remember.

Well, if so, Plato would be mighty proud of Wikipedia. Turns out that magnificent proof of the benefits of democratic cooperation is, how to put it, not what it appears to be. Or to use the words of a rather more modern philosopher: It ain't necessarily so.

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