The Rule of Law v. The Rule of Men—Aristotle

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Therefore he who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and Reason alone rule, but he who bids man rule adds an element of the beast; for desire is a wild beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire.


Source: Aristotle. “Politics: Book 3, Part XVI.” Written 350 BC.


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