Plato: On the Relationship of Democracy and Despotism

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On that thing which the American Founding Fathers knew and thus avoided and chose instead a republic, and on that thing which our publicly educated students know nothing of and so in ignorance think we have a democracy, and on that thing which Plato knew so long ago and which wise men would give heed to today as did America’s Founders in 1787 – writes Plato:

Democracy passes in to despotism.


Source: Plato, “The Republic.”


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